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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

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 31, 2009, 11:29 a.m.

When methane began bubbling out of kitchen taps near a gas drilling site in Pennsylvania last winter, a state regulator described the problem as “an anomaly.” But at the time … Continue reading

NYS Department of Health Addresses Concerns on NYS DEC dSGEIS

Edward G. Hom, Ph.D., Director
Division of Environmental Health

To: Bradley Field, Director, Division of Mineral Resources

Dear Mr. Field:

On March 10,2009 you requested that the New York State Department of Health Center for Environmental Health (CEB) review information related to the potential for public health impacts from natural … Continue reading

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 8, 2009, 4:55 a.m.

The two key arguments that the oil and gas industry is using to fight federal regulation of the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing — that the costs would cripple their business and … Continue reading

Of Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water

Of Hydraulic Fracturing and Drinking Water
By JEREMY MILLER, The New York Times, June 30, 2009, 10:17 am

A bill introduced earlier this month would bring federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing fluids – chemical mixtures pumped at high pressure into oil and gas wells in order to unlock deposits trapped … 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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Gas Drilling Critics Welcome Move by U.S. Regulator

Gas drilling critics welcome move by U.S. regulator
By Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Fri May 29, 2009 4:07pm EDT

May 29 (Reuters) – Opponents of natural gas drilling in the U.S. northeast on Friday welcomed new restrictions by an interstate regulator requiring prior approval for any new projects in the Delaware … Continue reading

Natural Gas Politics

Natural Gas Politics
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, May 26, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry.

With growing … Continue reading

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water

“Clean” Energy and Poisoned Water
by: Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com, Monday 25 May 2009

In the musical “Urinetown,” a severe drought leaves the dwindling supplies of clean water in the hands of a corporation called Urine Good Company. Urine Good Company makes a fortune selling the precious commodity and running public … Continue reading

PA Says Natgas Drilling Risks Inevitable

Pennsylvania says natgas drilling risks inevitable
By Jon Hurdle, Reuters, Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:57pm EDT

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s top environmental official said on Friday that a natural gas drilling boom would inevitably result in some environmental damage including possible contamination of water supplies.

Responding to concerns that drilling in … Continue reading