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Judge considering Ohio authority to regulate injec...

Judge considering Ohio authority to regulate injection well whio.com | Columbus  Columbus — The operator of a Youngstown-area injection well for fracking wastewater is challenging the authority of Ohio’s oil-and-gas chief to regulate its operations, calling his actions illegal and contrary to science. American Water Management Services argues in a case before Franklin County Judge Kimberly Cocroft on...

Doctors call for state ban on drilling and frackin...

    Post-GazetteThe Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 300-member House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution calling for the fracking moratorium, registry and research at its annual meeting on Sunday. Pennsylvania Doctors call for state ban on drilling and fracking  By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 29, 2016 9:10 PM   The Pennsylvania Medical Society has called...

CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton wants to close a fracking ...

Closing what’s known as the “Halliburton loophole” is the clearest oil and gas policy goal of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But it’s not clear what her proposal would do. On one hand, it would appear to not matter much. When it was passed in 2005, the oft-misunderstood environmental exemption for hydraulic fracturing merely cemented the legal status quo. On the other hand, regulatory...

One Year Later: Officials Found Drilling Chemicals...

  One Year Later: Officials Found Drilling Chemicals in Public Water, But Told No One  PUBLIC HERALD | One year ago, on September 24, 2015, a new company owned by billionaire Terry Pegula — JKLM Energy — announced that it had contaminated private drinking water supplies while *drilling for natural gas in Potter County, Pennsylvania. The threat of contamination reaching nearby public water sources forced the...

Coalition again calls on city residents to vote no...

YOUNGSTOWN A group of business, labor, political and religious leaders is again calling for Youngstown residents to vote against the so-called “Community Bill of Rights” charter-amendment proposal – and not just because of its fracking ban. Members of the Mahoning Valley Coalition for Job Growth said at a Tuesday news conference at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 377 at 1223 Teamsters Drive that the...

Ohio Supreme Court derails efforts to put anti-fra...

The Ohio Supreme Court this week said it will not force a proposed 2016 charter initiative to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot in Meigs County. The ruling, a 6-1 majority, affects a measure seeking to prohibit the disposal of fracking waste, as well as ban the use of water for the fracking process of oil and gas drilling. The decision also impacts similar initiatives in Portage and Athens counties. Supporters of the 2016...

Marcellus Shale waste trips more radioactivity ala...

Last year, nearly 1,000 trucks hauling 15,769 tons of Marcellus Shale waste were stopped at Pennsylvania landfill gates after tripping radioactivity alarms. The trucks were pulled to the side, wanded with hand-held detectors and some of the material was sent to laboratories for further evaluation. In the end, 622 tons were shipped to three out-of-state landfills specifically designed to dispose of hazardous and...

USGS calls for shut down of wells, governor declar...

PAWNEE, Okla. — Oklahoma Corporation Commission is contacting all disposal well operators in the area of a record magnitude 5.6 earthquake and telling them to shut down their wells, according to OCC Public Information Director Matt Skinner. Skinner said about 37 operators in the Arbuckle formation within 500 square miles around the epicenter near Pawnee, in Pawnee County, would be affected. “We have done a 725 square...

Concerns in Vienna, Ohio center around possible in...

VIENNA TWP., Ohio – Concerns and questions surround a request to begin using an injection well site near the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. KTCA Holdings, LLC recently asked the Ohio Department of Natural Resources if it could operate an injection well off of Route 193 at the same location where Kleese Development Associates installed a drilling rig. KTCA Holdings purchased the site from KDA in 2015. An order for...

Why is Oklahoma seeing fewer earthquakes? Scientis...

A pump jack operates at a well site leased by Devon Energy Production Company near Guthrie, Oklahoma, on Sept. 15, 2015. Photo By Nick Oxford/Reuters The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma have decreased since peaking last year, a development geologists have said this month may be linked to stricter regulations on wastewater created by the oil and gas industry. The U.S. Geological Survey announced that the state has...

Anti-fracking proposal back on Youngstown ballot f...

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EPA Fracking Report Needs Some Big Revisions, Says...

This letter is pretty scathing, for scientists at least. 650 Kate Sheppard Enterprise editor/Senior reporter, The Huffington Post Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board told Administrator Gina McCarthy that it has concerns about several of the findings in an agency report on hydraulic fracturing. WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency’s...

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...