December 18, 2014

Obama forms panel to improve fracking safety

WASHINGTON | (Reuters)

After a series of high-profile natural gas drilling spills, the Energy Department named a panel to recommend ways to improve the safety of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique that has expanded the country’s potential to extract the fuel.

President Barack Obama asked the DOE … Continue reading

Benton gas well hearing canceled but protestors crowd community center

LAURA LEGERE, The Times-Tribune

BENTON TWP. – A hearing to consider a conditional use application for a natural gas well was canceled Wednesday evening but about 150 people rallied at the hearing site to oppose gas drilling in the township.

Supervisor Larry Seymour said the hearing on Southwestern Energy Production … Continue reading

Does natural gas drilling make people sick?

David Frey, High Country News

Residents of Battlement Mesa, a sprawling housing development in western Colorado, are used to seeing the golf course from their windows, not gas rigs. But when an energy company announced plans to start drilling inside the subdivision, residents became concerned not just about the noise Continue reading

EPA close to launching hydraulic fracturing study

Fracturing to get close look
But EPA administrator says it’s no guarantee more regulation ahead
JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, Houston Chronicle
 

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is close to launching a broad study on hydraulic fracturing, but the probe doesn’t guarantee that the federal government will step in and regulate … Continue reading

Drillers Defend Injecting Diesel into the Ground

Tom Fowler, Houston Chronicle

Drilling companies injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel into the ground during hydraulic fracturing operations from 2005 to 2009, according to federal lawmakers, but the industry says the practice was legal.

In a letter sent Monday to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa … Continue reading

Have Public Servants Charged with Protecting Drinking Water for 15 Million People Sold Out to the Gas Drilling Industry?

Nora Eisenberg, Alternet

Environmentalists are squaring off against the gas drilling industry, but the playing field does not appear to be level.

Over the past decade, 34 states have succumbed to the hazardous and largely unregulated hydraulic fracturing (widely known as “fracking”) of deep shale formations to extract natural gas. … Continue reading

County plans to update zoning to regulate gas development

DAVID THOMPSON, Sun Gazette

When Lycoming County implemented its zoning ordinance in 1991, the Marcellus Shale wasn’t even a blip on its radar screen.

Now it almost covers the entire screen and the zoning ordinance is being updated accordingly.

On Feb. 10, the county commissioners will host a public hearing … Continue reading

‘Fracking’ Mobilizes Uranium in Marcellus Shale, UB Research Finds

University of Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Scientific and political disputes over drilling Marcellus shale for natural gas have focused primarily on the environmental effects of pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground to blast through rocks to release the natural gas.

But University at Buffalo researchers have … Continue reading

As Regulators Weigh Drilling in Marcellus Shale, EPA Opens Public Hearings on Health and Environmental Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing

Democracy Now, democracynow.org

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun public hearings in Binghamton, New York on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a controversial technique that mining companies use to extract natural gas from rock formations thousands of feet underground. The hearings are part of a broad investigation by the EPA into … Continue reading

‘Fracking’ yields fuel, fear in Northeast

Sarah Hoye and Steve Hargreaves, CNN

Dimock, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Bill Ely walked into his chicken coop with an empty five-gallon water jug.

The jug, punched with several finger-sized holes near the top to keep it from overflowing, was capped with a white plastic pipe. Using a garden hose … Continue reading