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New – and worrisome – contaminants eme...

Researchers find alarming levels of ammonium and iodide in fracking wastewater released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia streams Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants – ammonium and iodide – are being released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows. Treatment plants were never designed to handle...

Could Keystone Be America’s Last Pipeline?

It took a while for Vincent DeVito, like many of those who’ve been working in opposition to new pipelines, to understand what you might call the Keystone effect. DeVito, a former assistant secretary in George W. Bush’s Energy Department, recently started representing Boston-based conservation land trusts opposed to a $4 billion proposal to pipe natural gas across New England. DeVito might never mention Keystone by name in...

Fracking linked to radioactive river water in Pa.

Has fracking contaminated water supplies? A Duke University study says its wastewater wasn’t adequately treated before being released into a Pennsylvania river, causing elevated levels of radioactivity. River water in western Pennsylvania has elevated levels of radioactivity, some of it from fluids discharged after natural gas extraction, says a Duke University study today that’s likely to stir more controversy...

Ohio appeals decision to revoke gas-drilling permi...

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has appealed last month’s decision to revoke an oil-and-gas-drilling permit in North Royalton. The notice of appeal was filed Friday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas by state Attorney General Michael DeWine. His office is representing the ODNR in this case. The Ohio Oil and Gas Commission in December revoked an ODNR drilling permit for...

Oil industry accidents put North Dakota hospital $...

An emergency physician talks Bakken shale injuries, how companies manage worker mishaps Dr. Gary Ramage is a physician who has lived in Watford City, North Dakota, for 20 years. When he first arrived in the area, it was a farming and ranching community. Some of its fewer than 1,500 residents had wealth tied up in their land and the livestock they raised. “Land rich, cash poor or cow rich, cash poor,” as Ramage told Fault...

Some Ohio Communities are Not Pleased About Propos...

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Dozens of Ohioans, including farmers, are teaming up to fight pipeline projects that could run through their property. Almost 40,000 miles of new pipelines are being proposed around the state to transport oil and gas. Sheryl Billman is working to get organic certification for her Lorain County farm, which is in the proposed path of the Nexus pipeline. “It’s just a whole devastating idea, a...

Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale — Big Oil and ...

The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health – not from the water, but from the air they breathe. Our eight-month investigation reveals the dangers that come with releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and just how little the government of Texas knows – or...

Fracking Data Sought by Environmental Groups in EP...

A coalition of advocacy groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for public access to information on toxic chemicals released by the energy industry through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other forms of oil and gas drilling. Fracking involves the injection of water, chemicals and sand below ground to extract oil and gas from shale formations. The process has been criticized as environmentally dangerous,...

Confirmed: Fracking practices to blame for Ohio ea...

Wastewater from the controversial practice of fracking appears to be linked to all the earthquakes in a town in Ohio that had no known past quakes, research now reveals. The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves injecting water, sand and other materials under high pressures into a well to fracture rock. This opens up fissures that help oil and natural gas flow out more freely. This process generates...

Sharp declines in well production typical in Ohio’...

In the world of shale gas in Ohio, the top-producing wells aren’t king of the hill for long. Take the Tippens 6HS well, for example. Located in Monroe County in southeastern Ohio, it produced more natural gas in the first quarter of 2014 than any other Utica Shale well in the state — some 1.117 billion cubic feet of the resource in 80 days, according to Ohio Department of Natural Resources records. That’s enough natural...