September 25, 2017

Feds link water contamination to fracking for the first time

Abrahm Lustgarten and Nicholas Kusnetz, ProPublica

In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely caused by the gas drilling process.

The findings by the Environmental Protection Agency come partway through a separate national study … Continue reading

Does an Old EPA Fracking Study Provide Proof of Contamination?

1984 EPA Report:  Fracking Contaminated Drinking Water

Three articles dealing with an early but ignored proof of aquifer contamination from hydraulic fracturing. The process was much milder then (in 1984) – less pressure, less volume, less chemicals, but “The report concluded that hydraulic fracturing fluids or gel used by the … Continue reading

Drillers Defend Injecting Diesel into the Ground

Tom Fowler, Houston Chronicle

Drilling companies injected more than 32 million gallons of fluids containing diesel into the ground during hydraulic fracturing operations from 2005 to 2009, according to federal lawmakers, but the industry says the practice was legal.

In a letter sent Monday to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa … Continue reading