November 20, 2017

1,200 hear Marcellus Shale debate

EPA hearing in Southpointe one of four nationwide
By Don Hopey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Concerns about the risk of water contamination and public health problems from Marcellus Shale drilling dominated a sometimes loud U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hearing in Southpointe attended by 1,200 people Thursday night.

Although EPA officials told those … Continue reading

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, April 7, 2010, 7:09 a.m.

A federal study of hydraulic fracturing set to begin this spring is expected to provide the most expansive look yet at how the natural gas drilling process can affect drinking … Continue reading

Drilling Around the Law

Dusty Horwitt, Environmental Working Group

Companies that drill for natural gas and oil are skirting federal law and injecting toxic petroleum distillates into thousands of wells, threatening drinking water supplies from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Federal and state regulators, meanwhile, largely look the other way.

Based on a six-month investigation of … Continue reading

Water Worries Threaten U.S. Push for Natural Gas

Water worries threaten U.S. push for natural gas
By Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Thu Oct 1, 2009 8:26am EDT

(Reuters) – Louis Meeks, a burly 59-year-old alfalfa farmer, fills a metal trough with water from his well and watches an oily sheen form on the surface which gives off a faint … Continue reading

Hidden Costs of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use

Committee on Health, Environmental, and Other External Costs and Benefits of Energy Production and Consumption;
National Research Council

Despite the many benefits of energy, most of which are reflected in energy market prices, the production, distribution, and use of energy causes negative effects. Many of these negative effects are not … Continue reading

US Finds Water Polluted Near Gas-Drilling Sites

Potential obstacle for U.S. energy extraction
By Jon Hurdle, Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:54pm EDT

PHILADELPHIA, Aug 27 (Reuters) – U.S. government scientists have for the first time found chemical contaminants in drinking water wells near natural gas drilling operations, fueling concern that a gas-extraction technique is endangering the health … Continue reading

Bill to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act

111th Congress 1st Session H.R.

Ms. DeGette (for herself, Mr. Hinchey, and Mr. Polis of Colorado) introduced the following bill:

To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.

See Bill Here

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Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies?

Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, Nov. 13, 2008, 1 p.m

In July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown oily water with a foul smell. Tests showed it contained benzene, a chemical believed to … Continue reading

Open Letter to U.S. EPA From Environmental and Public Health Organizations Opposing White House Interference in EPA IRIS Chemical Assessment Program


Dear Administrator Johnson:
The undersigned environmental and public health groups join together in urging you to withdraw recent changes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) chemical assessment program, the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). The new policy issued in April, without opportunity for public notice and comment, will … Continue reading