Study Claims State, Federal Authorities Are Not Maintaining Injection Well Records
An environmental study of Ohio’s wells used to dispose fracking waste, states both the state and federal government have both failed to do their jobs.
In 1983 the US-EPA gave authority over injection wells to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, but the EPA is supposed to audit the state’s work every few years. The group said the last audit in 2009 was a near carbon copy of the 2005 audit and the latest audit has been pushed back.
Filling the Void – A Citizens Audit of Ohio Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Wells
When regulators fail, citizens step in
We released a report today highlighting the failures of state and federal agencies to operate the state’s oil and gas waste disposal well program. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and U.S. EPA share the blame for inadequate oversight, inconsistent practice, non-enforcement and even disdain and disrespect of citizens attempting to get answers about oil and gas injection wells in their communities.
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Oil Investors at Brink of Losing Trillions of Dollars in Assets. Gore: It’s That Road Runner Moment
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England.
A growing minority of investors and regulators are probing the possibility that untapped deposits of oil, gas and coal — valued at trillions of dollars globally — could become stranded assets as governments adopt stricter climate change...
Catholic Bishops From Every Continent Call For ‘An End To The Fossil Fuel Era’
A group of Catholic Bishops called on the world’s governments to end fossil fuel use on Wednesday, citing climate change’s threat to the global poor as the lodestar of their concern.
According to the BBC, the statement is the first time senior officials in the Church from every continent have issued such a call. The statement also drops in the middle of ongoing international climate talks in Lima, Peru, as countries continue to hash out what to do...
As oil prices plunge, wide-ranging effects for consumers and the global economy
Tumbling oil prices are draining hundreds of billions of dollars from the coffers of oil-rich exporters and oil companies and injecting a much-needed boost for ailing economies in Europe and Japan — and for American consumers at the start of the peak shopping season.
The result could be one of the biggest transfers of wealth in history, potentially reshaping everything from talks over Iran’s nuclear program to the Federal Reserve’s policies to...
Plunging Oil Prices a Game-Changer for Major Pipeline Projects
A sharp correction in oil prices is putting the debate around major pipeline projects, such as Keystone XL, into a more nuanced light.
Part of the impetus behind constructing new pipelines to carry bitumen from northern Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, Kitimat on the Pacific, or even all the way across the country to Saint John, New Brunswick was to help close the substantial discount between Canadian oil and world prices. Well, crude’s recent drop...
A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development (The Report)
Dear Commissioner Martens:
In September 2012, you asked Dr. Shah, then Commissioner of Health, to initiate a Public Health
Review of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement for High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF). I assumed responsibility for this review when Dr. Shah left. It became clear during this assessment that DOH’s Public Health Review needed to extend beyond the scope of...
Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration announced on Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State because of concerns over health risks, ending years of uncertainty over the disputed method of natural gas extraction.
State officials concluded that fracking, as the method is known, could contaminate the air and water and pose inestimable dangers to public health.
That conclusion was delivered during a year-end cabinet meeting Mr....
Broadview Heights activists sue Ohio Gov. John Kasich and state over gas, oil wells
BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – A local activist group that opposes oil and gas wells in residential neighborhoods has sued the state of Ohio and Gov. John Kasich in an attempt to stop drilling here.
Mothers Against Drilling in Our Neighborhood, based in Broadview Heights, says the city’s Community Bill of Rights – which voters approved in 2012 and which bans future wells – supersedes a state law that allows drilling.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in...