Pennsylvania Shale gas 2013: The year in review
The natural gas boom in Pennsylvania has grown in leaps and bounds since 2008 when gas company representatives known as “lease men” descended upon the Marcellus Shale Region with contracts in hand, promising farmers more money than they expected to make in a lifetime.
During the first half of 2013, the commonwealth trumped Louisiana to become the second largest natural gas producer in the nation. Marcellus wells produced 1.4 trillion cubic feet...
Researchers Link Earthquakes In Texas To Fracking Process
Researchers at Southern Methodist University have linked a string of 2009 and 2010 earthquakes in Texas to the injection of fracking wastewater into the ground, according to a new study.
The researchers examined the group of more than 50 earthquakes that hit the area of Cleburne, Texas in 2009 and 2010, and found that they could have happened because of wastewater injection wells associated with fracking operations. Before 2008, the Fort Worth Basin of...
Local gas drilling laws get a key airing in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A closely watched lawsuit in Ohio is asking a question that’s burning in cities and towns throughout shale country: Can regulations in states eager for the jobs and tax revenues that come with gas and oil drilling trump local restrictions that communities say protect them from haphazard development?
The case was brought by Munroe Falls, an Akron suburb of 5,000. It involves a well that Beck Energy Corp. began to drill...
Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon
¶ The development is a striking departure from conservative orthodoxy and a reflection of growing divisions between the Republican Party and its business supporters.
¶ A new report by the environmental data company CDP has found that at least 29 companies, some with close ties to Republicans, including ExxonMobil, Walmart and American Electric Power, are incorporating a price on carbon into their long-term financial plans.
¶ Both supporters and...
Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price
Governments around the world have agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). That would require an 80 percent reduction in energy sources like coal, oil and natural gas, which emit carbon dioxide into the air.
Nations are far from that ambitious path. There are big political and economic challenges. But technologists do see a way — at least for the United States — to achieve that goal.
Nowhere is that aspiration...
Coshocton Area still waiting on oil and gas boom – Newark Advocate
Drilling techniques must be improved first, experts say
COSHOCTON — The economic effect of hydraulic fracturing by the oil and gas industry has not been a bust, but it’s not the boom promised either — at least not locally.
Recent news reports predict oil and gas drilling in shale deposits declining by 2017 as drillers focus on “sweet spots,” small areas that produce the highest yield. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued almost...
Duke study finds radioactive hot spots in PA tributaries Levels below shale discharge 200 X above background
Radioactive waste discharged into rivers from shale gas operations in Pennsylvania exceed regulatory thresholds and pose an environmental risk, according to a study released today by Duke University.
The peer-reviewed study, published in Environmental Science and Technology, found that radium levels of sediment samples collected in Blacklick Creek downstream from a treatment plant in Western Pennsylvania were 200 times greater than samples upstream and...
Your Black Friday Guide To Poison-Free Holiday Shopping
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday, and so begins that annual hunt for the perfect present, at the best price — and with the fewest poisons.
Store shelves, as consumers have been warned, can be filled with everything from lead-contaminated jewelry and toys, to hormone-disrupting perfumes and lotions. Just in the last month, watchdog groups reported finding potentially toxic levels of phthalates in Spongebob Squarepants...
U.S. Methane Study Says Emissions 50 Percent Higher Than EPA Estimates
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is spewing 50 percent more methane — a potent heat-trapping gas — than the federal government estimates, a new comprehensive scientific study says. Much of it is coming from just three states: Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
That means methane may be a bigger global warming issue than thought, scientists say. Methane is 21 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the most abundant global warming gas,...
Fight for your landfill’s safety from fracking wastes; please go to one more meeting…
Each Ohio county has a “solid waste policy committee” that sets a policy for
what waste is accepted. Please attend their next meeting and speak up
against Ohio allowing the frackers’ legacy of contamination. Perhaps your
persuasion will stop the frackers in their tracks.
Frackers are producing mass quantities of rock and sludge waste that is
radioactive and chemically hazardous to those who come into contact with it.
For liquid waste,...