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Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil...

Despite formal disapproval by Pennsylvania House and Senate Committees, the Commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, on April 21, 2016, in a 3-2 decision, approved contentious oil and gas regulations that the Governor’s Office claims will improve protection of water resources, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency and improve data management. The regulations include updates to the well...

A Fracking Well In West Virginia Is Leaking Chemic...

Dangerous levels of chemicals that can harm fertility flow downstream from a West Virginia fracking wastewater disposal facility, federal and academic researchers reported on Wednesday. The finding raises questions about safety of similar deep disposal sites nationwide, several independent scientists said. The contamination near Fayetteville, West Virginia, flows from a brook called Wolf Creek a few miles upstream of a New...

Ohio frack waste facilities proliferate with littl...

From two environmental groups last week: Frack Waste Facilities Proliferate in Ohio Despite Lack of Regulations As the horizontal hydrofracking industry continues to operate without adequate regulation, the waste produced is a big problem for the industry for which Ohio has provided a cheap solution. Ohio not only allows waste from in-state fracking operations to be disposed of without traceability, monitoring and adequate...

Opposition to Fracking Mounts in the U.S.

Story Highlights •Opposition to fracking rises to 51% from 40% in 2015 •Drop in fracking mirrors Americans’ turn away from nuclear energy •Republicans fuel drop in support for fracking WASHINGTON, D.C. — Opposition to the practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has increased significantly in the past year as environmental concerns, such as earthquakes, have grown, even though the procedure...

30-Month Report Finds Pennsylvania Dept. Environme...

Public Herald Journalists Publish Largest Record of Fracking Complaint Cases in Pennsylvania History After a 30-month analysis, investigative journalists Joshua Pribanic and Melissa Troutman have uncovered 9 ways that officials at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have kept drinking water contamination across Pennsylvania “off the books” since fracking began in 2004. Troutman and Pribanic are the...

Ohio’s injection volume grows by 27.2 percen...

The volume of liquid drilling wastes injected underground in Ohio grew by 27.2 percent in 2015 and set a new all-time record. The volume of salty injected wastes totaled 28.8 million 42-gallon barrels. It has increased from 16.3 million barrels in 2013 to 22.0 million barrels in 2014 to the new total. That 2015 total volume is enough to fill nearly 1,840 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Athens, Coshocton and Guernsey counties...

Rise of Fracking Wastewater Injections in Ohio Spa...

Ohio has become a major wastewater dump for the fracking industry, sparking fears of groundwater contamination and concerns that injection of wastewater into wells could trigger the same earthquakes currently rattling frack-happy Oklahoma. The Columbus Dispatch cited new numbers from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) revealing that wastewater pumped into Ohio’s underground wells increased by more than 15...

Natural Gas Water Truck In Accident, Spills Brine ...

BARNESVILLE – Gulfport Energy contractors may not be drawing any water from the village reservoir, but an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said the company is responsible for 5,000 gallons of brine that leaked into a stream leading to the reservoir Wednesday. Officials with Ohio EPA and the state’s Department of Natural Resources joined local emergency authorities to investigate the scene along Ohio...

FRONT LINE GROUPS REACT TO COAST GUARD DECISION TO...

On February 22, front line community groups throughout the Ohio River valley received notification that the U.S. Coast Guard has determined that no new rules are needed to barge shipments of toxic, radioactive hydraulic fracturing waste. The Coast Guard instead decided to proceed using 40-year-old regulations that fail to address unconventional oil field waste from hydraulic fracturing. Fracking wastes contain such toxic...

Police: Former CEO of Chesapeake Aubrey McClendon ...

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police officers confirm that a man killed in a car wreck early Wednesday morning is the former CEO of Chesapeake Aubrey McClendon On Wednesday, firefighters were called to a car wreck on Midwest Blvd., between Memorial and 122nd St. Officials say one person died at the scene when the vehicle hit a bridge in the area. Photo from Midwest Blvd. accident           On Wednesday...