October 7, 2015

Drilling’s Safety Exemptions and How They Got There

“It’s mind-boggling to me how many safety standards they’re exempt from”
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 4, 2014

Read more in the series Danger Zone: Examining Safety in the Oil & Gas Boom

In 1983, troubled by the high death rate in the oil field, the Occupational … Continue reading

Public Herald Finds PA DEP Fracking Complaint Investigations Are “Cooked” & Shredded

After a 30-month analysis, a Public Herald investigation shows how PA officials have kept drinking water contamination “off the books” since fracking began in 2004
by Joshua B. Pribanic & Melissa Troutman, Public Herald, September 15, 2015

Read About PA DEP’s Shredding Policy for Complaints

Nearly 40 days after losing … Continue reading

Gas Drilling’s Safety Exemptions and How They Got There

It’s mind-boggling how many safety standards the gas and oil industry is exempt from
By Mike Soraghan, E & E Publishing, November 4, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks occupational injuries, but they are employer-reported and, therefore, low.
OSHA has some good regulations, but they are often … 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

PA DEP to Investigate Ten Mile Creek for Radioactivity

DEP will investigate to see if there is a possible link between the radioactivity in the creek and shale gas drilling
By Natasha Khan, Observer-Reporter, June 5, 2015

Notice is now being paid to radioactivity in tributaries of the Monongahela River only after citizen groups obtained the DEP information and Continue reading

Widespread and Systemic Contamination Found – at the EPA

EPA says new study should not be seen as proof that hydraulic fracturing is being safely done
By Weston W. Wilson, The Hill, June 15, 2015

Despite a press release from EPA proclaiming there is no widespread groundwater contamination due to fracking, EPA now says that their new study of … Continue reading

New Look at BTEX: Are Ambient Levels a Problem?

Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) may have endocrine disrupting properties at exposure levels below EPA safe levels
by Ashley L. Bolden, Carol F. Kwiatkowski and Theo Colborn, Environmental Science and Technology, April 15, 2015

From TEDX: Indicates a need to change how chemicals present at low concentrations are assessed Continue reading

EPA Loophole Allows Streams of Wastewater in Wyoming

Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land
By Elizabeth Shogren, High Country News, April 14, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency last month issued revised permits for oil companies to dump literally rivers of wastewater—including hydraulic fracturing fluids—on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

When … Continue reading

Will the Home of Fracking Bonanza Turn Against its Creation Next Month?

Denton, TX, a center of fracking activity, to vote on a fracking ban
By Geoffrey Lean, The Telegraph, April 18, 2015

You might think it would be hard to find opposition to fracking in the city of Denton. Not only is it in Texas, the oil and gas capital in … Continue reading

The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes.
By Kevin Drum, Mother Jones, April 6, 2015

Over the last few years, Oklahoma has experienced an insane uptick in earthquakes. As we reported in 2013, the count exploded from just a couple per year back … Continue reading