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States Drag Their Feet on Congressman’s Frac...

Cartwright finds responses from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia too little and too late. A Pennsylvania congressman wanted to know how his state and two neighboring states oversee the disposal of the often toxic waste generated by fracking oil-and-gas wells. Now, Matthew Cartwright has some answers, and he finds them late–and lacking. Cartwright, a Democrat from eastern Pennsylvania, launched the investigation in his...

New injection well permit could make Athens No. 1

It would be a dubious No. 1 – for most injection well waste in Ohio; Athens Co. already ranks first for out-of-state waste A third injection well in eastern Athens County is slated to move forward with no public hearing from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources despite 200 letters of protest and a request by the county board of commissioners. ODNR’s decision to forego a public hearing on the application for a...

Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry donations, ruling tied...

An Ohio Supreme Court justice lamented last week that “the oil and gas industry has gotten its way” in a decision that says local governments can’t regulate drilling. “What the drilling industry has bought and paid for in campaign contributions they shall receive.” The dissenting opinion of Justice William M. O’Neill in a fracking case was not without factual basis: Ohio’s oil-and-gas industry poured about $1.4...

Fracking Industry Distorts Science To Deceive Publ...

A fracking opponent protests in Sacramento, California. The oil and gas industry sponsors and spins research to shape the scientific debate over horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. That’s the conclusion of a watchdog group’s analysis of more than 130 documents distributed to policymakers by industry representatives. “Research and statistics can be manipulated to say whatever the person using them...

Study says Weathersfield Township, Ohio earthquake...

Expert: Seismic events dwindled after ODNR ordered shutdown A soon-to-be published study of earthquakes near two brine-injection wells on state Route 169 just north of Niles indicates that the deeper of the two wells apparently caused the quakes. (Ed, Niles is located between Warren, OH and Youngstown, OH) Seismologists at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, used data they collected just after a 2.1-magnitude Aug. 30, 2014,...

Concerns over injection wells near WCCC (Washingto...

A local oil and gas company is requesting a permit to locate four brine injection wells on property it owns near the Washington County Career Center on Ohio 676 just outside Marietta in Warren Township. And the proposal has reportedly generated some community concern. Just more than 30 community members and officials turned out to the Washington County Career Center Board of Education regular meeting Thursday evening, all...

Chemical oversight questioned

Dozens of environmental-advocacy groups are challenging the authority of Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources to collect and share information about the hazardous and toxic chemicals the oil and gas industry uses in fracking operations. The groups, including the Center for Health and Environmental Justice, the Sierra Club and the Ohio Environmental Council, sent a letter on Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection...

Report Shows How Fracking Industry’s Failure to Fo...

A new report out today from Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that all types of fracking companies, from small to large, are prone to violating rules intended to protect human health and the environment. The report, Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S., analyses Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period and...

Why Fracking Is a Breast Cancer Issue

Most people consider fracking a climate change issue. They are able to make the connection between a potent greenhouse gas like methane and its impact on warming the planet. But methane emission leaks at well sites are only one of the many concerns of the fracking boom. The toxic process also uses more than 700 chemicals, many linked to breast cancer. Fracking threatens the necessities of life, and just as this...

Historic moment: Saudi Arabia sees End of Oil Age ...

Most analysts believe Saudi Arabia refuses to cut production because it wants to shake out its higher-cost competitors or because it wants to punish Iran and Russia. There may be some truth in those theories, writes Elias Hinckley, strategic advisor and head of the energy practice with international law firm Sullivan and Worcester, but they miss the deeper motivation of the Saudis. Saudi Arabia, he says, sees the end of the...