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On Eve of Caucuses, Clinton Rakes in Fracking Cash

Less than a week before the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton attended a gala fundraiser in Philadelphia at the headquarters of Franklin Square Capital Partners, a major investor in the fossil-fuel industry, particularly domestic fracking. The controversial fracking industry is particularly powerful in Pennsylvania, which will host the Democratic National Convention this July. Clinton has avoided taking any clear stand on...

Ohio is poised to set records for volumes of drill...

Published: December 11, 2015 – 05:47 PM Ohio is on track to end 2015 with a record volume of drilling wastes going into the state’s injection wells. Through nine months, Ohio’s 211 injection wells have taken in 20.0 million barrels of wastes, according to activist Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council who compiled the data from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ records. That’s enough to fill 1,275...

Ritchie County Disposal Well Leaking Frack Waste

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – A disposal well site in Ritchie County is leaking frack waste, according to a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection report. After complaints from residents, the DEP took samples from around a Hall Drilling waste-injection well near Ellenboro last fall. Wheeling Jesuit University biology professor Ben Stout examined the report and followed up by taking his own samples. He says disposal...

Fayette County, WV Passes Historic Ordinance Banni...

Press Release 1/12/16: County Commission Passes Ordinance to Ban Fracking Waste in Fayette County The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously today to pass an ordinance banning oil and gas waste within Fayette County. This ordinance is the first of its kind within West Virginia and outlaws the storage, disposal, or use of oil and gas waste in the county. Headwaters Defense, a local grassroots organization, delivered a...

Split Estate – What it means to the homeowne...

In the United States, a Split Estate is an estate where the property rights to the SURFACE and the UNDERGROUND are split between two parties. So if Ken buys a property for your residential, ranching, rose gardens, retirement, surface-related — you probably do NOT have access to the mineral rights that underlay you. From years ago, prior to Ken’s presence, someone else owns/controls the mineral rights....

Chesapeake, Devon Energy face federal lawsuit over...

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two earthquakes struck central Oklahoma Monday, Nov. 2. The larger of the two near Langston, the other centered near Guthrie, Oklahoma. One group is calling out energy companies. An audit of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests more needs to be done. The EPA says more needs to do be done to reduce waste water injection and to better protect our underground...

GEICO refuses to cover man made earthquakes

Oklahoma, companies like Geico announced that they are refusing insurance coverage for any damage caused by man-made earthquakes—such as those caused by processes like fracking, injection, and drilling—just after a series of quakes recently rocked the state; the move has left customers wondering how much of their coverage will be affected. All insurance companies operating in Oklahoma were asked by the state’s insurance...

Livestock Falling Ill In Fracking Regions

Are dying cattle the canaries in the coal mine? Farmers and ranchers are sounding alarms about the risks to human health of hydraulic fracturing. In a Brooklyn winery on a sultry July evening, an elegant crowd sips rosé and nibbles trout plucked from the gin-clear streams of upstate New York. The diners are here, with their checkbooks, to support a group called Chefs for the Marcellus, which works to protect the foodshed...

Ohio Univ, Athens County looking at doing more inj...

Public comment period for county’s 10th injection well comes to close with little hope for a hearing Employees at Ohio University conducting water-quality monitoring near injection wells under contract with the Athens County Commissioners have finished their first round of baseline testing and have asked the commissioners to approve testing at additional locations. Baseline water testing has been a primary goal for area...

Ohio is poised to set records for volumes of drill...

Ohio is on track to end 2015 with a record volume of drilling wastes going into the state’s injection wells. Through nine months, Ohio’s 211 injection wells have taken in 20.0 million barrels of wastes, according to activist Teresa Mills of the Buckeye Forest Council who compiled the data from Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ records. That’s enough to fill 1,275 Olympic-sized swimming pools, the forest group...