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Don’t Frack So Close to Me: Colorado to Vote on Dr...

Coloradans will vote on a ballot initiative in November that requires new oil and gas projects to be set back at least 2,500 feet from occupied buildings. If approved, the measure—known as both Initiative 97 and Proposition 112—would mark a major change from their state’s current limits: 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. As sociologists who have researched oil and gas drilling in the communities that...

How slick water and black shale in fracking combin...

Radioactivity in fracking wastewater comes from the interaction between a chemical slurry and ancient shale during the hydraulic fracturing process, according to Dartmouth College research. The study, detailed in twin papers appearing in Chemical Geology, is the first research that characterizes the phenomenon of radium transfer in the widely-used method to extract oil and gas. The findings add to what is already generally...

New Study Links Fracking To Unsustainable Water Us...

Everybody is talking about a new report that credits the US oil and gas fracking boom with a 770% increase in water consumption over the past few years. The sharp increase is certainly eye-catching but it’s not exactly a surprise. The force of the water-energy nexus is strong within the fossil fuel industry, especially when the idea is to force massive volumes of water into underground rock formations. So, what’s really the...

How a Family Surrounded by Shale Gas Plants Took A...

Allen Young and his family are surrounded. They can see three sizable natural gas plants–operated by Dominion and Energy Transfer Partners–without taking a step off their property. Over the past three years, these facilities have taken over the boomerang-shaped ridge less than a half-mile from the Young’s home in Powhatan Point, Ohio. Soon after the compressor stations went into operation, Allen, his wife and two...

Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Fracking Water Use Skyrockets, Creating 1,440 Perc...

The controversial gas and oil drilling method threatens to exacerbate a looming crisis over water. Fracking companies used 770 percent more water per well in 2016 than in 2011 across all the United States’ major gas- and oil-producing regions, according to a new study. The number of new fracking wells decreased as gas prices fell, but the amount of water used per well skyrocketed, with up to 1,440 percent more toxic...

United States energy independence – good or ...

U.S. energy independence relates to the goal of reducing the United States imports of petroleum and other foreign sources of energy. Energy independence is espoused by those who want to leave the U.S. unaffected by global energy supply disruptions, and to restrict reliance upon politically unstable states for its energy security. Energy independence is highly concerned with oil, the source of the country’s principal...

How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural A...

When a fracking company came to a small community in rural Pennsylvania, many people signed the lease that allowed the company to access the natural gas resources on their land. Among them was Stacey Haney, who at that time owned a small farm. Haney saw the lease as a way to support American energy, and like many other people, a way to get some extra money to support life. But money is not the only thing fracking brought to...

New Pew Survey: Americans Are Noticing the Effects...

Significant majorities of Americans are seeing the impacts of climate change on their communities and don’t think that the U.S. government is doing enough to combat it, according to the results of the latest survey by the Pew Research Center, reported Monday. Some highlights of the comprehensive national survey on environmental attitudes, taken by 2,541 adults between March 27 and April 9, are outlined below. 1....

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...

Appalachia’s Toxic Dumping Ground

Ohio residents speak out about the state’s influx of fracking waste The abandoned Ginsburg injection well sits exposed to the elements in Athens, Ohio. The community organization Torch CAN DO is campaigning to close and plug the open pit. Photo by Roxanne Groff Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week the trucks stream through eastern Ohio’s rolling landscape along Highway 50. Most come from West Virginia and Pennsylvania....

Study: Water near fracked Wyo gas field disrupts h...

A study has found that polluted groundwater near a fracked Wyoming oil and gas field is more disruptive to human cells than tainted groundwater sampled near conventional oil and gas operations. The study by researchers at the University of Missouri and other institutions is believed to be the first to compare the effects of fracking-linked pollution to those of conventional oil and gas development pollution. Research found...

The Secret of the Great American Fracking Bubble

In 2008, Aubrey McClendon was the highest paid Fortune 500 CEO in America, a title he earned taking home $112 million for running Chesapeake Energy. Later dubbed “The Shale King,” he was at the forefront of the oil and gas industry’s next boom, made possible by advances in fracking, which broke open fossil fuels from shale formations around the U.S. What was McClendon’s secret? Instead of running a company that aimed...

On Earth Day, 5 facts about environmental policy a...

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans participated in massive rallies and events across the country with the goal of raising awareness of the deterioration of the environment, and to spur government action to support a healthier and more sustainable world. By the end of that year, their voices were heard: bipartisan efforts in Congress led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the...

Pennsylvania ‘rule of capture’ ruling stuns Marcel...

Last week, the Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a decision that could greatly restrict, even stop, Marcellus drilling in the Keystone State. The court decision disallows using the age-old “rule of capture.” Underground oil and gas deposits are in pools that may exist beneath multiple properties. Whoever gets there and sucks the oil or gas out first wins. That’s the rule of capture. Conventional...