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Noble gases identify the mechanisms of fugitive ga...

Significance Hydrocarbon production from unconventional sources is growing rapidly, accompanied by concerns about drinking-water contamination and other environmental risks. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, we distinguish natural sources of methane from anthropogenic contamination and evaluate the mechanisms that cause elevated hydrocarbon concentrations in drinking water near natural-gas wells. We document fugitive...

Study finds more arsenic in wells near drilling

Researchers find arsenic levels higher near gas drilling sites in North Texas’ Barnett Shale FORT WORTH, Texas – North Texas water wells within two miles of active gas drilling sites contain higher concentrations of arsenic and other carcinogens, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. In the study, University of Texas at Arlington biochemists measured 100 wells across...

Residents living nearer natural gas wells report m...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — People who live closer to natural gas wells, including those that were drilled using “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, report more health symptoms than those who live farther away, according to a study reported today by Yale University researchers. The study, which drew strong negative reaction from the oil and gas industry, was published online in Environmental Health Perspectives, a...

Weathersfield earthquake raises new questions abou...

WEATHERSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio – An earthquake recorded in Trumbull county Sunday afternoon (August 31, 2014) is once again raising questions about shale-related injection wells. The United States Geological Survey said that a low-level 1.8 magnitude tremor was centered along DeForest Townline Road. A few people who live near the site tell 21 News they felt a bump or movement but not enough to cause any damage. The 9-11...

Fracking Ourselves to Death in Pennsylvania

More than seventy years ago, a chemical attack was launched against Washington State and Nevada. It poisoned people, animals, everything that grew, breathed air and drank water. The Marshall Islands were also struck. This formerly pristine Pacific atoll was branded “the most contaminated place in the world.” As their cancers developed, the victims of atomic testing and nuclear weapons development got a name:...

Revealed: The 243 times fracking contaminated drin...

At long last, the state DEP went public with cases of private well contamination. Two hundred and forty-three. That’s the number of cases of public drinking well contamination logged by Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection since the fracking boom began six years ago. The list was released without fanfare (or even a statement from the DEP) late Thursday, the Associated Press reports, and documents issues...

Wood Mackenzie: Marcellus could hold another $90 b...

The Marcellus Shale is currently the “largest shale gas play in the world,” and a study from Wood Mackenzie predicts that growth won’t stop any time soon because the formation holds more than $90 billion in remaining value. “Although rig counts have fallen across the Marcellus since early 2012, we can see that improved efficiency and a renewed focus on the play’s core sub-plays have led to ongoing growth,”...

Protest dismissed, but no drilling in Wayne Forest...

The U.S. Department of the Interior has dismissed a protest against oil and gas drilling in the Wayne National Forrest but also has decided against allowing any such drilling. In 2011, five parcels within the Wayne were listed in a Competitive Lease Sale Notice, drawing 34 letters of protest against the inclusion of this land in lease sales for potential drilling. A month later in 2011, the U.S. Forest Service asked the...

Fracking Is Already Straining U.S. Water Supplies

As the level of hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in the United States has intensified in recent years, much of the mounting public concern has centered on fears that underground water supplies could be contaminated with the toxic chemicals used in the well-stimulation technique that cracks rock formations and releases trapped oil and gas. But in some parts of the country, worries are also growing about fracking’s...

Utica Shale activity continuing to move south

YOUNGSTOWN The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources proves what already had become apparent in the Mahoning Valley: Utica Shale drilling activity has moved to southern Ohio and doesn’t appear to be coming back. The core of the Utica is in a narrow swath in Belmont, Monroe, Noble and Harrison counties, said Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst for Topeka Capital Markets. The issue in the northern part of the...