February 8, 2016

Living in the Shadow of Danger

Poverty, race and unequal chemical facility hazards
By Center for Effective Government, January 2016

Download the full Report as a pdf.
And don’t forget about Flint, Michigan.

Chemical Facility

Executive Summary

Over 12,500 facilities in the United States use or store such large quantities of extremely dangerous chemicals that they must submit … Continue reading

Commission Passes First Countywide Ban on Oil and Gas Waste in West Virginia

Fayette County bans the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural gas waste
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter, January 13, 2016

The Fayette County Commission’s chambers shook with cheers and applause Tuesday as commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to ban the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural … Continue reading

Obama Signs Exxon-, Koch-Backed Bill Expediting Pipeline Permits

During the Paris Climate Summit, President Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the U.S.
By Steve Horn, DeSmogBlog, December 31, 2015

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the

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EPA Finding on Fracking’s Water Pollution Disputed by Its Own Scientists

Panel finds little basis for claim that fracking has not led to ‘widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water.’
By Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News, November 19, 2015

An Environmental Protection Agency panel of independent scientific advisers has challenged core conclusions of a major study the agency issued in June that minimized

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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