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Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Fracking Fo...

This week (December 2013), more evidence came in that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) poses potentially serious risks to drinking water quality and human health. A team of researchers from the University of Missouri found evidence of hormone-disrupting activity in water located near fracking sites – including samples taken from the Colorado River near a dense drilling region of western Colorado. The Colorado River is a...

Injection well protesters plead to reduced charges

Eight protesters who last month briefly shut down an eastern Athens County injection well for oil-and-gas drilling wastes took a plea bargain in Athens County Municipal Court this morning (Monday). The eight, whose individual cases were handled by the court en masse, had all been charged with criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. All agreed to plead no contest to a lower charge of disorderly conduct, a minor...

Contaminated Water Supplies, Health Concerns Accum...

As the first official research is published that confirms water contamination by hydraulic fracturing, an alarming amount and array of hazardous chemicals and compounds – including arsenic, chloride, barium and radium – are found in Pennsylvania groundwater. Shortly after a gas company in Donegal, Pennsylvania, began storing fracking wastewater in an impoundment pit, a water well at a nearby home showed some...

Stakes high in mystery over fracking, quakes in Oh...

The oil and gas industry, governments, environmental advocacy groups and others are watching to see whether a series of earthquakes in northeastern Ohio was caused by a nearby fracking operation. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources  ordered a drilling company to shut down a well in Mahoning County while officials examine seismic and geological data, but the agency said it can’t say whether fracking set off the five...

Emens & Wolpert Law Firm newsletter to landow...

 Dear Clients, Friends and Colleagues: Ohio’s Utica/Point Pleasant Shale play has solidified its position as one of the rising shale plays in the country as evidenced by the billions of dollars companies have spent and plan to spend here in Ohio. We anticipate for at least the next five years eastern Ohio landowners will continue to be contacted about pipeline easements, access roads, well pad sites, etc. Two recent...

U.S. Geological Survey confirms: Human activity ca...

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was unintentionally human-induced. The USGS claims that the magnitude 5.0 earthquake triggered by waste-water injection the previous day “trigger[ed] a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, [which] has important implications for reducing the seismic risk from...

Ohio cities stand in solidarity on drilling issue

MANSFIELD — Law Director John Spon expects to give a careful reading to a state court ruling later this year that will decide whether cities may exert some control over where a company drills for oil or gas. “This will be an important landmark decision,” Spon said. The city of Mansfield joined Broadview Heights, Euclid, North Royalton and Amesville last fall, filing a “friend of the court” brief in a case brought by...

Oklahoma Shakes—Is Fracking to Blame?

A normally calm state is hit by a wave of minor earthquakes—causing some to point the finger at fracking. But wastewater disposal wells likely play a bigger role It’s been a shaky week in Oklahoma. The Sooner State has experienced more than 150 earthquakes over the past week, far more than the Okies usually get. And while the vast majority of the quakes were fairly minor, one, on Feb. 16 measured 3.8 on the Richter...

ODNR Approves Injection Well within 1,500 feet of ...

School taking in welcome mat Superintent: Well not wanted as neighbor BROOKFIELD, OHIO — It took very little digging and fact-finding before Brookfield School Superintendent Tim Saxton concluded he does not want a saltwater injection well drilled less than 1,500 feet from a school that houses 1,200 children a day. With the unanimous support of the school board as well, Saxton sent a letter Friday to the Ohio Department of...

Kasich aides said to mull targeting drilling foes

Here are two news articles and a letter requesting the ODNR Director’s resignation, And the press conference of two targeted Democratic legislators: Kasich aides said to mull targeting drilling foes February 18,2014 08:04 PM GMT Julie Carr Smyth           Associated Press COLUMBUS: Top advisers to Republican Gov. John Kasich knew the Ohio Department of Natural Resources planned to target environmental...