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New tracers can identify frack fluids in the envir...

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers, which were created by a team of U.S. and French researchers, have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. “This gives us new forensic tools to detect if...

Fracking companies use loophole to avoid permits f...

Federal laws meant to protect drinking water require fracking companies to get a permit before using diesel fuel in the drilling process. That permit is important: Diesel contains chemicals that can cause cancer and damage nerve tissues. The permits regulate the length and depth of concrete and steel well casings that keep those chemicals from reaching groundwater. But a loophole in the law allows oil and gas companies to...

Researchers find chemicals in the air in rural Car...

Researchers compiled results from Carroll County air-quality tests and found 32 of the 62 measurable PAHs present in the air samples. (PAH = polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) In December, King learned from a neighbor that researchers from the University of Cincinnati and Oregon State University would be conducting an air-quality study in Carroll County. She contacted the University of Cincinnati, and members of the research...

Fracking Triggers More Ohio Earthquakes, Study Fin...

Another rare case of fracking-caused earthquakes has jolted Ohio. A new study connects some 400 micro-earthquakes in Harrison County, near the town of Canton, to hydraulic fracturing wells. The three wells operated from September through October 2013 in the Utica Shale. Ten of the quakes registered between magnitude 1.7 and magnitude 2.2, but the tremors were too deep to cause damage or to be easily felt by people, according...

What shale CEOs tell investors and the SEC at odds

Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) — Lee Tillman, chief executive officer of Marathon Oil Corp., told investors last month that the company was potentially sitting on the equivalent of 4.3 billion barrels in its U.S. shale acreage. That number was 5.5 times higher than the proved reserves Marathon reported to federal regulators. Such discrepancies are rife in the U.S. shale industry. Drillers use bigger forecasts to sell the hydraulic...

Group pushes for more chemical disclosure at frack...

Disclosure of complete chemical information before oil and gas companies break ground on a fracking site could better prepare emergency-response teams for the worst fires, a Cleveland-based environmental and consumer organization said yesterday. Based on its study of a Monroe County well-pad fire in June, the nonprofit Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund, which opposes fracking, came up with recommendations for state...

Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With B...

After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days. It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater...

Poisoned Fracking Playgrounds a Threat to Texas Ki...

The air at Texas playgrounds could be hazardous to children’s health. That’s what nonprofit environmental testing group ShaleTest, which tracks the impact of shale oil and gas extraction for communities which can’t afford such tests, found as part of its Project Playground: Cleaner Air for Active Kids funded by Patagonia. The group ran air quality tests at five recreational parks and playgrounds in the north Texas,...

Shale Drilling Destroys Regional Water Resources

Projections Show Entire Watershed to be Damaged by Fracking (Grand Rapids, OH – September 26, 2014)  Ohioans are beginning to realize that unconventional shale drilling uses a great deal of water, permanently ruining it for other uses. But what they may not know is fracked gas and oil wells in Ohio are turning out to be less productive over time, with more water needed so the effects of water usage are rising. Now, each...

Colorado’s biggest drillers try new techniqu...

From the deck of his Erie home, Joe Zintel has a perfect view of the large, brown fabric sound wall being erected by Encana Corp. to dampen the noise from drilling six oil wells. The drill site is about 740 feet from Zintel’s ranch-style home in the Vista Pointe subdivision. And when the walls come down, what will be left is a 1.5-acre pad — about a third of the size of a standard pad — without the usual tanks and...