September 1, 2014

Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Page on Environmental Health
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR): Home Page
Toxic Substances Portal (ATSDR): Toxicological Profiles
Public Health Assessment Guidance Manual (ATSDR): Table of Contents
Environmental Data Needed for Public Health Assessments (ATSDR): A Guidance Manual
The National Institute … Continue reading

A Citizens Guide to Risk Assessments and Public Health Assessments at Contaminated Sites

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

This guide provides an overview of two different assessments commonly performed at hazardous waste sites. These are the risk assessment and the public health assessments; both are required for all sites – commonly referred to as “Superfund” sites – listed on the U.S. … Continue reading

Public Health Assessment Petitions

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

What is ATSDR’s Petition Program?

In the Superfund law, Congress provided ATSDR with the authority to conduct certain public health assessment activities following a request from a concerned person. The ATSDR Petition Program identifies whether the request is one that ATSDR can address.… Continue reading

EarthJustice and Citizens Challenge Pipelines in Strategic Federal Intervention

Partnership of National, Regional, and Local Groups Move to Intervene in PA Pipeline Project
The River Reporter, “Citizens Challenge Pipelines in Strategic Federal Intervention.”
Greenwire, “Partnership of National and Regional Groups Challenge Pipelines.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Pennsylvania groups are seeking to intervene in a proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory … Continue reading

Report Government Fraud

Investigations Unit of the Legal Services Division

State Comptroller DiNapoli is working to find and fight fraud at every level of State and local government. The public’s help is needed in this fight. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud, corruption or abuse of taxpayer money by calling a toll-free … Continue reading

Feds link water contamination to fracking for the first time

Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica

In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.

The findings by the Environmental Protection Agency come partway through a separate national study … Continue reading

EPA Finds Compound Used in Fracking in Wyoming Aquifer

Abrahm Lustgarten, Propublica

As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residents have long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.

A pair … Continue reading

ATSDR Leroy Township report finds elevated well water chemicals – Exact cause of elevated levels unclear

Bradford County, Leroy Township, Pennsylvania
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) investigated the water quality of seven residential wells surrounding the Chesapeake ATGAS 2H natural gas well site in Leroy Township, Bradford County, Pa., at the request of the U. … Continue reading

Does an Old EPA Fracking Study Provide Proof of Contamination?

1984 EPA Report:  Fracking Contaminated Drinking Water

Three articles dealing with an early but ignored proof of aquifer contamination from hydraulic fracturing. The process was much milder then (in 1984) – less pressure, less volume, less chemicals, but “The report concluded that hydraulic fracturing fluids or gel used by the … Continue reading

New York Unplugged Wells

New York State’s Abandoned Wells Priority Plugging List

This list includes some 4,722 old oil and gas wells that NY DEC would plug if only they had the resources.

Of course, why New York should be burdened with these messes left behind by oil and gas companies remains an unanswered … Continue reading