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Fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. What ...

The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough natural gas to power more than 200,000 U.S. homes for a year. But the rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas...

Rural Pennsylvanians Say Fracking ‘Just Ruined Eve...

Feeling abandoned by state regulators, hundreds endure contaminated well water they blame on fracking This story was originally published by the Center For Public Integrity. AVELLA, Pa. — Sixty years after his service in the Army, Jesse Eakin still completes his outfits with a pin that bears a lesson from the Korean War: Never Impossible. That maxim has been tested by a low-grade but persistent threat far different than the...

EPA Bans Fracking Wastewater from Sewage Treatment...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants. Clean water and public health advocates, along with more than 30,000 Americans, had submitted comments in favor of the EPA rule, finalized earlier this week. “Allowing toxic, radioactive wastewater to be treated at the same place as dirty...

Flooding flushes oil, chemicals into Texas rivers

EL PASO — Recent floods across Texas have inundated oil wells and fracking sites, flushing crude oil and toxic fracking chemicals into the state’s rivers. State emergency management officials have taken dozens of photographs that show sheens and plumes spreading from tipped tanks and flooded production sites during the March flood of the Sabine River on the Texas-Louisiana border. Earlier photos showed similar...

The 2015 volume of liquid drilling wastes going in...

Ohio is continuing to rewrite the record book for liquid drilling wastes being injected into underground rock formations: The 2015 injection total keeps ­growing. That’s because additional fees are being paid in 2016 by waste haulers to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Oil and Gas Resource Management. That 2015 volume was reported as 28.8 million 42-gallon barrels in March. Now it is up to 31.4...

Groups sue U.S. EPA over fracking waste regulation...

A number of environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying the government has failed to adequately regulate how companies dispose of waste created by oil and gas drilling. The organizations, including some in Ohio, want the EPA to revisit regulations over injection wells that pump hundreds of millions of gallons of waste from drilling and fracking each year. These disposal wells have been...

This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals ...

The boom in unconventional drilling for natural gas known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it’s safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they’re still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and...

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...