July 22, 2014

Oil and Gas Well Leaks in PA – A Risk Analysis

Introduction

Casing and cement impairment in oil and gas wells can lead to methane migration into the atmosphere and/or into underground sources of drinking water. An analysis of 75,505 compliance reports for 41,381 conventional and unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania drilled from January 1, 2000–December 31, 2012, was … Continue reading

NYS Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Challenging Fracking Delay

Judge dismisses a pair of lawsuits that sought to force Gov. Cuomo to decide whether to authorize shale-gas drilling in NY
By Jon Campbell, Politics on the Hudson, July 14, 2014

Download the Court decision as a pdf

A state judge on Monday dismissed a pair of lawsuits that sought … Continue reading

Expert: PA Didn’t Address Fracking Health Impacts

Former health secretary says PA has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of fracking
By Kevin Begos, The Associated Press, July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling … Continue reading

Fracking Waste Moratorium Signed Into Law

Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut
By Patrick Skahill, WNPR News, June 16, 2014

Hazardous WasteGovernor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill imposing a moratorium on bringing fracking waste into Connecticut. The moratorium will extend to at least to July 2017. … Continue reading

German Proposal Seeks to Sharply Curtail Fracking

Worries that the practice could pollute drinking water and damage the environment
By Melissa Eddy, New York Times News Service, July 4, 2014

Germany’s ministers for energy and the environment are seeking a ban on shale gas and oil drilling over the next seven years because of worries that the … Continue reading

Letter of Dr. Paulson to PA-DEP on Fracking Impacts on Children

No evidence to indicate that unconventional natural gas extraction can be implemented with a minimum of risk to human health
By Duane Nichols, Frack Check WV, July 2, 2014

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To: E. Christopher Abruzzo, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

I am writing in regard … Continue reading

NY Communities Triumph Over Fracking Industry In Precedent-Setting Case

Victory: As NY high court rules towns can zone out oil and gas operations, trend spreads to other states
By Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice, June 30, 2014

Local communities have triumphed over the fracking industry in precedent-setting case decided today by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.… Continue reading

Gov. Malloy Signs Fracking Waste Moratorium

Signs 3 year moratorium on toxic fracking waste in Connecticut
By Environmental Headlines, June 14, 2014

Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) is applauding Gov. Dannell P. Malloy for signing Public Act 14-200 into law, which enacts a three year moratorium on toxic fracking waste in Connecticut. The legislation was … Continue reading

It’s Boom and Bust for Federal Well Inspections

Regulators fail to inspect more than 60 percent of high-priority wells
The Olympian, June 14, 2014

Over the past decade, a U.S. energy boom has cut oil and natural gas imports, revitalized manufacturing and enriched rural communities. But will the massive increase in oil and natural gas production mar the … Continue reading

Criminal Charges Filed Against Waste Disposal Company and Owner

Pa DEP says it was unaware of leaking contaminants
By John Beauge, The Patriot-News, June 9, 2014

DCS: This is what goes on everywhere there is drilling – there is no manifesting of the wastes so disposal is on the open market for corruption.

The state Department of Environmental Protection … Continue reading