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The Hidden Risk in the Fracking Boom

Are pipeline safety regulations keeping pace with the flood of natural gas? At 10:40 a.m. on Monday, January 21st, a pipeline carrying natural gas ruptured in rural Noble County, in southeastern Ohio, producing a fireball that surged 120 feet into the air and engulfed the Noll family home, with 12-year-old son Nash inside. The boy’s grandfather rushed into the inferno and rescued him, says Noble County Emergency Management...

Investigation: Clorox Selling Pool Salt Made From ...

You might be shocked to learn that a Clorox product used to treat swimming pools came from fracking wastewater. Public Herald has discovered that Eureka Resources, a company based in Pennsylvania, has been treating wastewater from shale gas development — a.k.a. “fracking” — and packaging the crystal byproduct as “Clorox Pool Salt” for distribution since 2017. The way it works is fracking wastewater gets trucked to Eureka...

Economics professor discovers concerning effects f...

Oil and gas “boomtowns,” such as Ohio’s Belmont County, may be bearing the costs of drilling without reaping all of its benefits, according to a newly published paper by Dr. Amanda Weinstein, assistant professor of economics at The University of Akron. Weinstein, along with coauthors Mark Partridge and Alexandra Tsvetkova from The Ohio State University, researched the flow of money in energy boomtowns...

Has U.S. shale oil entered a death spiral?

The bad news coming out of the shale oil fields of America could all be put down to slumping oil prices. That is certainly a big factor. But as investment professionals like to say, when the tide goes out, we all find out who’s been skinny-dipping. The pattern of negative news from shale country is not just related to price, however. Oil production, it seems, is being overstated industry-wide by 10 percent and 50 percent in...

Global corporate renewable purchases hit 13.4GW in...

Fueled by a growing corporate appetite for clean energy, 121 companies around the world signed long-term deals for 13.4 GW of wind, solar and other renewables in 2018, smashing a prior record of 6.1 GW in 2017, BloombergNEF said in a report released Jan. 28. More than 60% of the newly contracted power, or 8.5 GW, is in the United States, where nearly three dozen first-time buyers expanded the non-utility market for...

Warning Signs Flash For U.S. Shale (2019)

The shale tidal wave may finally be starting to ebb. The largest oilfield services company in the world says that shale drilling activity is slowing, creating an uncertain outlook for 2019. The recent volatility in oil prices has created “less visibility and more uncertainty” on spending by shale companies in 2019, Schlumberger’s CEO Paal Kibsgaard said on an earnings call on January 18. Shale drillers are “generally taking...

New Ohio law would allow the sale of drilling brin...

A new Ohio House bill would allow the sale of commercialized brine produced during fracking and oil drilling for use on roadways — something Athens’ city officials plan to oppose. Ohio House Bill 393, introduced by Ohio State Representatives Anthony Devitis, R, and Michael J. O’Brien, D, would allow the “sale of brine as a commodity for surface applications.” That would mean that brine, a byproduct of oil and gas drilling,...

New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coa...

Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening climate change, the United States is ramping up oil and gas drilling faster than any other country, threatening to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth of planet-warming gases by the middle of the century, according to a report released Wednesday. By 2030, the U.S. is on track to produce 60 percent of the world’s new oil and gas supply, an expansion at...

A Disturbing Tale of Diminishing Returns in Ohio

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently announced that Ohio’s recoverable shale gas reserves have magically increased by 11,076 billion cubic feet (BCF). This increase ranks the Buckeye State in the top 5 for changes in recoverable shale natural gas reserves between 2016 and 2017 (pages 31- 32 here). After reading the predictable and superficial media coverage, we thought it was time to revisit the data to...

POWERLESS: What it looks and sounds like when a ga...

Take this link to see the excellent videos and graphics: https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/wva?utm_source=pardot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter Lee Martin loved her 104-acre farm in Wetzel County, West Virginia. The family raised chickens there and rode horses. The kids played in mud puddles. They all took walks in the woods. Flat land is rare in Wetzel County, in the state’s northwestern...

Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Pretending to Ma...

2018 was the year the oil and gas industry promised that its darling, the shale fracking revolution, would stop focusing on endless production and instead turn a profit for its investors. But as the year winds to a close, it’s clear that hasn’t happened. Instead, the fracking industry has helped set new records for U.S. oil production while continuing to lose huge amounts of money — and that was before the recent...

Retired Monroe Twp. (Mansfield) couple fears water...

Ann Robinson stands in front of her home near Perrysville with an anti-fracking sign. Behind Robinson, a large mound can be seen at the adjacent property where a well is being installed.(Photo: Jason J. Molyet/News Journal)Buy Photo PERRYSVILLE – A retired Monroe Township couple fears their quality of life will be disrupted and their groundwater supply will be contaminated by a new oil and gas well expected to be...

Study Finds Health Threats Posed By Oil And Gas Wa...

Unpaved roads are large sources of dust in the U.S., which can contribute to heart and lung disease. Photo: Center for Dirt and Gravel Road Studies STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Spreading oil and gas wastewater has been a common and cheap way for municipalities to suppress dust on unpaved roads in parts of Pennsylvania for years. But a new study found the practice — which the state recently ended — could threaten environmental...

‘Conceivably the Worst’: Groups, Lawma...

Bernard McNamee, a climate change denier who helped write the Trump administration’s failed coal and nuclear bailout plan, was confirmed Thursday as a commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Senate approved the nominee on a straight party-line vote of 50-49 after Sen. Joe Manchin, the pro-coal Democrat of West Virginia, withdrew his support due to his concerns about McNamee’s stance...

Proposed Unconventional Oil & Gas Well Emissi...

Ohio EPA News Releases epa.ohio.gov 1 min read 11/20/18 PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER, (614) 644-2160 MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron Ohio EPA Requests Early Stakeholder Input for Potential Oil and Gas Rules Ohio EPA is requesting early stakeholder input until Dec. 19, 2018, on potential rules that would cover air pollution emissions from existing non-conventional oil and gas facilities that are not...