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Oil industry spokesman gets it wrong about local f...

To the Editor: The comments by Shawn Bennett in a recent interview published in The Athens NEWS on Dec. 8 seriously misrepresent the problems and dangers that the fracking industry presents to the residents of Athens and neighboring counties. According to Mr. Bennett, Issue 7, which recently passed in the city of Athens by a 78 percent to 22 percent margin, represented an attempt by an out-of-state organization to interfere...

Shale Gas: Quebec’s Environmental Review Boa...

MONTREAL – Quebec’s environmental review board says shale gas exploration in the province is not worth the risk. The agency report concludes there are too many potential negative consequences to the environment and to society from extracting natural gas from shale rock deposits along the St. Lawrence River. The report cites risks to air and water quality, potential increases in noise and light pollution and says...

The Alarming Research Behind New York’s Frac...

An analysis of the findings in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 184-page review of hydraulic fracturing The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State appears to have reached its end. Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban on the oil and natural gas harvesting practice in the state on Wednesday. The 184-page report, conducted by the New York...

Study Claims State, Federal Authorities Are Not Ma...

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...

Filling the Void – A Citizens Audit of Ohio ...

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...

Groups sue state over ‘illegal’ fracki...

State officials illegally have approved 30 permits allowing the storage and treatment of fracking waste, two environmental groups claimed in a lawsuit filed in Columbus yesterday. The lawsuit asks the Franklin County Court of Appeals to revoke the permits, thus closing the waste-handling sites, and order the Department of Natural Resources to create legally required rules regulating the operations. The Dispatch previously...

Fracking chemicals’ untold threat to reproductive ...

There’s a lot we don’t know about the potential health impacts of fracking operations on the people who live in their vicinity. But researchers say we should start paying attention.  In a new paper published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health, researchers led by the University of Missouri’s Susan Negel conducted a review of some 150 papers published over the past 40 years examining the effects that...

Canadians Scientists Discover That Old Gas Wells L...

The steel casing and cement sheathing in an oil and gas well are designed to last for as long as the productive life of the well. About twenty years for a conventional well. About ten for a shale well. Long before that many of them leak, and sometime after the end of their productive life, they will all leak. Because ferrous metals are not immortal.  Particularly when awash in brine. Horizontal (“deviated” in Canada)...

COMPENDIUM OF SCIENTIFIC, MEDICAL, AND MEDIA FINDI...

Foreword to the Second Edition The Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (the Compendium) is a fully-referenced compilation of the evidence for the risks and harms of fracking that brings together findings from the scientific and medical literature, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigation. It is a public, open-access document that is housed on...

“Fracking” Shale Gas Emissions Far Wor...

**UPDATE: The Cornell paper is now available in final, published format here: “Methane and the greenhouse-gas emissions footprint of natural gas from shale formations.”[PDF] The Hill reported this morning on a groundbreaking report from Cornell University researchers confirming that shale gas recovered through high volume hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” will produce even more greenhouse gases than the burning...