November 28, 2014

Scientists see Fracking as Cause of Earthquakes in Heartland

Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland
By Sean Cockerham, Star-Telegram, November 3, 2014

Evidence is growing that fracking for oil and gas is causing earthquakes that shake the heartland.

States such as Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio are being hit … Continue reading

Fracking In Ohio Triggered 400 Tiny Earthquakes in 3 Months

“Hydraulic fracturing has the potential to trigger earthquakes”
By Casey Coates Danson, Global Possibilities, October 16, 2014

What this study means is that with the shifts that are reflected in the earthquakes there are new faults and fractures created.  These can be new pathways along which materials can move – Continue reading

Chemicals Used in Hydraulic Fracturing

See the 2011 Congressional Report Below

Although Baker Hughes, Inc. has received kudos for promising to disclose at FracFocus.org, “all the chemicals” they use in gas extraction, questions about the value of the promise are being raised.

In March 2014, the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) own advisory boardContinue reading

Shale Gas Development and Infant Health

Evidence from Pennsylvania
Elaine L. Hill, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
August 2014

Abstract

This research exploits the introduction of shale gas wells in Pennsylvania in response to growing controversy around the drilling method of hydraulic fracturing. Using detailed location data on maternal address and GIS coordinates … Continue reading

Leaked Documents Show Fracking Concerns

NY county health departments prepare reports on the burden natural-gas drilling could place on their operations and express concerns about the state’s ongoing review of hydraulic fracturing
Jon Campbell, Stargazette, July 1, 2014

Download the documents. Note: These documents are from 2012 and show that the current Cuomo ‘fence-sitting’ is Continue reading

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

Download the Report as a pdf
Health Impacts of Fracking: Read about what is NOT happening in PA

Health experts and scientific researchers … Continue reading

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

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

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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