July 24, 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

Health Professionals Release Major Scientific Document on Fracking

Concerned Health Professionals of NY releases a major new compilation of the risks and harms of fracking
By Concerned Health Professionals of New York, July 10, 2014

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Health Impacts of Fracking: Read about what is NOT happening in PA

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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

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Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More

The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation
By Seth Borenstein, dailycomet.com, June 30, 2014

In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for … Continue reading

Tests Prove Fracking to Blame for Flaming Parker County Wells

These test results could represent the nation’s first conclusive link between fracking and aquifer contamination
By Brett Shipp, WFAA, June 5, 2014

For the past two years, News 8 has aired a series of stories of flames shooting from water wells in Parker County. Dangerous levels of methane gas somehow … Continue reading

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies

Stroud Water Research Center finds mayflies, which indicate good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water
By Diane Huskinson, Stroud Water Research Center, Dec., 2013

MayflyAn explosion of natural gas drilling in recent years is primarily the result of advances in horizontal drilling technology and the … Continue reading

Estimate of Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Cut by 96%

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits
By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating … Continue reading

Howarth: methane must be controlled now

A study by Robert Howarth, a Cornell ecology professor, titled “Bridge to Nowhere,” warns that methane emissions must be controlled immediately if a climate-system tipping point is to be avoided. Among his observations:

“Natural gas – that once seemingly promising link between the era of oil and coal to the

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US Energy Mapping System

Interactive maps display facets of the United States energy infrastructure

Interactive maps display facets of the United States energy infrastructure

The U.S. Energy Mapping System, brought to you by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, displays customizable maps of the U.S. energy infrastructure, including coal mines, power plants, refineries, storage, hubs, pipelines, waterborne transport, wells, fossil resources and renewable … Continue reading

Concerned Health Professionals of NY Comment on the NYS Energy Plan

THE NEGATIVE HEALTH IMPACTS OF INCREASED RELIANCE ON NATURAL GAS AS AN ENERGY SOURCE ARE LARGELY IGNORED

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The Energy Plan puts New York on a path to increased reliance on natural gas extracted through unconventional drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The Energy Plan concedes … Continue reading