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Ohio’s Fractured Lands – Effects of fr...

Felicia Mettler never saw herself taking a stand for an environmental cause. But when injection well activity began in Torch, a few miles from her Coolville home, she weighed the impact on her family and the land around her. “As a mother, it’s my job to protect my kids, and I don’t want to move,” Mettler, 45, a stay-at-home mother of three, said. “I’m on land that is family land. My mother, I could throw a rock at...

Judge orders Ohio to let company reopen brine inje...

CLEVELAND — The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge’s ruling that the state’s oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well in 2014 because of two small earthquakes nearby. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft ordered the state and well operator, American Water Management...

Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contami...

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction technique also known as fracking, has contaminated drinking water in some circumstances, according to the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015. The new version is far more worrying than the first, which found “no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water” supplies....

Quantity of flowback and produced waters from unco...

Highlights •Estimated flowback and produced water volume from unconventional oil and gas wells is 1.7 to 14.3 × 106 L per well. •A small fraction (4-8%) of the flowback and produced waters is composed of returned injected hydraulic fracturing fluids. •The majority (92-96%) of flowback and produced waters is composed of naturally occurring formation brines. •A significant volume (20-50%) of unconventional oil and...

A Wave Of New Fracking Is About To Hit Appalachia

The Daily Caller | 2:41 PM 12/20/2016   State governments in Appalachia have issued 229 new permits for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, since November, according to analysis by a trade publication. Pennsylvania’s government issued 179 permits since Nov. 1. Ohio issued 43 permits and West Virginia issued seven. This is almost double the average number of permits issued during a similar period, indicating that...

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from...

Notice EPA is announcing the availability of the final report, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States. Abstract This final report provides a review and synthesis of available scientific information concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and drinking water resources in the United States. The report...

Eastern Ohio Sets Record For Shale Production

EPA releases new report on fracking ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Falling temperatures create demand for the record amounts of natural gas Ohio shale drillers are pumping, while the release of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report on fracking keeps the heat on the drilling technique critics believe contaminates water supplies. Last year, the EPA stated that, despite an average of 9,100 gallons worth of chemicals used for each...

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...