July 29, 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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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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A Real Plan to Reduce US Carbon Emissions

CTC Tells Senate Finance Committee: Carbon Tax Beats Clean-Energy Subsidies, Hands Down
By Charles Komanoff, Carbon Tax Center, 1/31/14

The Carbon Tax Center told the U.S. Senate Finance Committee today that an economy-wide tax on the carbon content of coal, oil and gas will cut U.S. CO2 emissions more than … Continue reading

Low Levels of Fracking Wastewater Highly Toxic to Mayflies

Scientists find mayflies, whose presence indicates good water quality, are significantly affected by low levels of produced water
By Diane Huskinson, Stroud Water Research Center, December 2013

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

Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

University of Missouri finds endocrine-disrupting activity linked to birth defects and infertility

University of Missouri researchers have found greater hormone-disrupting properties in water located near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites than in areas without drilling. The researchers also found that 11 chemicals commonly used in the controversial “fracking” method of drilling … Continue reading

Harvard Study Blows Apart Obama’s Case for Natural Gas

Finds that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel extraction and processing are likely a factor of 2 or greater than cited in existing studies
By Daniel Kessler, The Huffington Post, December 10, 2013

EDGAR is the Emission Database for Global Atmospheric Research

Democrats like to label the GOP the “anti-science … Continue reading

Key Impacts of Dirty Drilling

Report: Fracking by the Numbers
By Environment America, October 3, 2013

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Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—in a highly polluting effort to unlock oil and gas in underground rock formations across the

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