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Ohio drillers’ growing use of fresh water concerns...

Drillers in eastern Ohio are using more fresh water to hydraulically fracture wells for natural gas and related liquids, and that trend has Ohio activists concerned about future water consumption. By late 2014, drillers in Ohio will require an estimated 5.8 billion gallons of water per year, says an analysis by Ted Auch and Danny Berghoff of the FracTracker Alliance, an environmental group with offices in Cleveland...

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Fracking Fo...

This week (December 2013), more evidence came in that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) poses potentially serious risks to drinking water quality and human health. A team of researchers from the University of Missouri found evidence of hormone-disrupting activity in water located near fracking sites – including samples taken from the Colorado River near a dense drilling region of western Colorado. The Colorado River is a...

Prenatal defects investigated in Garfield County, ...

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A state epidemiologist has been called in to investigate a sudden rise in the number of fetal anomalies detected among pregnant women in the area recently, according to local and state health officials. “We have indeed seen an increase in fetal anomalies in pregnant women in an area stretching from Carbondale to Rifle,” confirmed Stacey Gavrell, community relations director for Valley View Hospital in...

Shale gas pipelines growing, but oversight is not

Getting Utica shale gas to processing plants and people’s houses has created a growing web of pipelines across eastern Ohio. Placed end to end, these pipelines, called “gathering lines,” would extend more than 470 miles — enough to cross the state at its widest point. Twice. While construction was going on in 2012, Ohio legislators enacted a law that bars state utility officials from overseeing where the natural-gas...

Ohio expects 19,000 Utica wells in next 19 years, ...

Ohio is projecting that more than 19,000 new Utica shale wells for natural gas and liquids will be drilled in eastern Ohio in the next 19 years. That’s how many wells would fit on the 3 million acres in eastern Ohio without any Utica shale wells at the moment, said Ohio state geologist Mike McCormac in his not-yet-released report. That assessment is the most-recent analysis showing that the Utica shale is likely to have...

Contaminated Water Supplies, Health Concerns Accum...

As the first official research is published that confirms water contamination by hydraulic fracturing, an alarming amount and array of hazardous chemicals and compounds – including arsenic, chloride, barium and radium – are found in Pennsylvania groundwater. Shortly after a gas company in Donegal, Pennsylvania, began storing fracking wastewater in an impoundment pit, a water well at a nearby home showed some...

How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way...

Thanks to a series of shady deals with former subsidiaries—and massive cuts in royalties to unsuspecting landowners—the controversial shale gas firm is now awash in cash. At the end of 2011, Chesapeake Energy, one of the nation’s biggest oil and gas companies, was teetering on the brink of failure.Its legendary chief executive officer, Aubrey McClendon, was being pilloried for questionable deals, its stock price was...

Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes in Oh...

The oil and gas industry, governments, environmental advocacy groups and others are watching to see whether a series of earthquakes in northeastern Ohio was caused by a nearby fracking operation. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources  ordered a drilling company to shut down a well in Mahoning County while officials examine seismic and geological data, but the agency said it can’t say whether fracking set off the five...

Emens & Wolpert Law Firm newsletter to landow...

 Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues: Ohio’s Utica/Point Pleasant Shale play has solidified its position as one of the rising shale plays in the country as evidenced by the billions of dollars companies have spent and plan to spend here in Ohio. We anticipate for at least the next five years eastern Ohio landowners will continue to be contacted about pipeline easements, access roads, well pad sites, etc. Two recent...

U.S. Geological Survey confirms: Human activity ca...

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was unintentionally human-induced. The USGS claims that the magnitude 5.0 earthquake triggered by waste-water injection the previous day “trigger[ed] a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, [which] has important implications for reducing the seismic risk from...