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California shuts down wastewater injection wells o...

California’s shut down the activities of gas and oil companies aquifers in Central Valley over fears that they may have contaminated aquifers with fracking fluids and other toxic waste from drilling operations. The state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources earlier this month ordered seven energy companies to stop injecting wastewater in certain wells, claiming that the practice “poses danger to life,...

Fracking wastewater is big business in Ohio

The oil and gas boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, of horizontal wells has also led to dramatic growth in Ohio’s injection well disposal industry. The state now has more than 200 active injection wells for oil and gas waste, as shown on an updated map released this month by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Over 16 million barrels of wastewater were pumped into Ohio rock formations in...

Ohio study finds more costs than benefits in shale...

Even before the most recent recession, Carroll County in rural eastern Ohio was struggling. Employment prospects were sparse and young people were fleeing for opportunities elsewhere. Then came 2011 and arrival of the shale industry, giving the local economy an injection of jobs and the attendant financial benefits an influx of new business creates. Though shale development has changed the county’s fortunes, the...

GreenHunter seeks Ohio River barge dock permit; Co...

GreenHunter seeks dock to greatly expand frackwaste dumping, pushes liquid frackwaste barging on the Ohio: Commissioners and citizens call for extended comment period and federal public hearing July 10, 2014 –– A group of Ohioans has been shocked to stumble on a new proposal by GreenHunter, a Texas-based frackwaste company, to build a barge off-loading facility on the Ohio River in Portland, Meigs County. Barging of...

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned

Since January, Ohio has approved operating permits for 27 centers that take drilling mud, radioactive rocks and wastewater from fracking wells and store or “clean” it before sending it on to landfills or injection wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved every permit — considered temporary until the state writes rules that regulate the centers — without any public notification or input. That...

Oklahoma’s earthquake epidemic linked to fracking...

Just four wastewater wells were responsible for over 100 quakes, a new study finds Like Ohio, Colorado, Texas and Kansas, Oklahoma has an earthquake problem on its hands, so much so that it’s bypassed California as America’s most seismically active state. Just this year, it experienced 240 quakes measuring 3.0 or higher in magnitude, a sharp increase, to say the least, from its 1978-2008 average of one. The other thing...

In Fracking Hotbed, a Muted Approach to Regulation

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety. Ohio annually processes thousands of tons of radioactive waste from hydraulic-fracturing, sending it through treatment facilities, injecting it into its old and unused gas wells and dumping it in landfills. Historically, the handling and disposal of that waste was barely regulated, with few...

Water… More valuable than gold

Letter to the Editor: The old saw “To a thirsty man, water is more valuable than gold” has never been more true than it is today. As a tradable commodity over the past 10 years the S&P 500 Global Water index has outperformed the bellwether gold and energy indices. In fact, water outperformed the stock market in the same period, according to a story on CNN Money written by Patrick M. Sheridan April 24. Water is not...

Toxic waste injected into Ohio well

  Thousands of gallons of a toxic chemical that spilled into a West Virginia waterway in January are now being injected deep underground in northern Ohio. About 50,000 gallons of wastewater containing 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, or MCHM, a coal-cleansing chemical — some diluted, some undiluted — have been put into an injection well in Sandusky County, according to Ohio and West Virginia environmental officials. A...

Stronger ‘Frackquakes’ Are On The Way, Scientists ...

  The man-made earthquakes that have been shaking up the southern United States only stand to get stronger and more dangerous as the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, increases, scientists warned at a Thursday conference. According to multiple reports, scientists attending the Seismological Society of America annual meeting agreed that fracking can change the state of stress on existing faults...