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Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake Linked to Oil and Ga...

Human-induced earthquakes have been plaguing Oklahoma since 2009, but the destructive Pawnee quake didn’t fit the usual pattern. The strongest earthquake in Oklahoma’s history likely was caused by oil and gas operators injecting vastly increased amounts of toxic wastewater underground three years before it struck, a new study suggests. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed injection data from the most...

Ohio lawmakers add budget provision that could ope...

Ohio legislators took a step toward allowing fracking in state parks, adding a provision in a pending budget that would strip the governor of the ability to control the issuing of licenses for the oil and gas drilling practice that has raised environmental concerns. The provision, added on Tuesday by the Republican-controlled House, would allow the state legislature instead of the governor to control appointments to the Oil...

GOP governor (Maryland) signs fracking ban into la...

 GOP governor signs fracking ban into law Maryland becomes the second state in the nation to ban the practice. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Wednesday signed a bill that permanently bans fracking in the state. The bill passed the Democrat-led Assembly and state Senate last week. Environmental activists applauded the move and noted the importance of a signature from a Republican governor. “With Governor Hogan’s signature,...

Injection well plan worries Trumbull County

WARREN, Ohio – Trumbull County commissioners have echoed concerns that Brookfield trustees have about plans to drill two new wastewater injection wells in the township. In a three-paragraph letter to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, signed Wednesday by Commissioner Frank S. Fuda, the county, much like the township, raised concerns about additional truck traffic near a mobile home park and the community’s major...

Trump admin halts Obama-era rule on fracking on pu...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama administration rule requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. The administration said in court papers Wednesday that it is withdrawing from a lawsuit challenging the Obama-era rule and will begin a new rule-making process later this year. The...

USGS Finally Admits That Fracking Causes Earthquak...

It has taken years to finally admit it, but the U.S. Geological Survey has just confirmed that three million Americans are at risk from human-induced earthquakes caused by wastewater disposal, a process in fracking, in 2017. The study was focused on the U.S. Central East, primarily on Oklahoma and Kansas, who don’t normally get large earthquakes. Due to wastewater disposal however, their risk is now equal to that of...

Trump Administration to Kill Fracking Rule on Publ...

The Trump administration intends to scrap and rewrite an Obama-era rule designed to make fracking on federal lands safer. Drilling has taken place on federal lands for years, with more than 100,000 wells in existence. In 2015, the Interior Dept. issued new standards aimed at making the process safer, including stricter and higher design standards for wells and waste fluid storage facilities to mitigate risks to air, water...

Study Links Childhood Leukemia With Living Near Oi...

With the rise of new technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling, oil and gas development in the U.S. has exploded over the last 15 years. As development expands, it’s also pushing ever closer into areas where people live. It’s been estimated that today more than 15 million Americans live within one mile of oil and gas development. The drilling process, of course, has the potential to emit toxic...

Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring bac...

Drill rigs are being increasingly automated. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert Drilling experts explain why Trump can’t bring back oilfield jobs Just as with coal, oil jobs are decreasing due to automation and advanced machinery, not regulations. ThinkProgress | Industry experts have some news for the president: Because of automation, a lot of the jobs lost in oil drilling aren’t coming back. And more are going to be lost. “To...

Fracking Caused Pennsylvania Earthquakes, New Repo...

Hilcorp Energy Co., a Texas-based oil and gas company, was fracking a pair of wells in the Utica Shale when seismic monitors detected five earthquakes measuring between 1.8 and 2.3 on the Richter scale between April 25-26, 2016. “Our analysis after doing the review… is that these events are correlated with the activity of the operator,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell told Penn Live. While the...

Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in Four States Alone,...

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has long been tied to environmental risks such as spills. The frequency of spills, however, has long been murky since states do not release standardized data. Estimates from the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA) vary wildly. “The number of spills nationally could range from approximately 100 to 3,700 spills annually, assuming 25,000 to 30,000 new wells are fractured per...

“To Hell With Us” – Records of Misconduct Found In...

Annual citizen complaints reported to PA DEP compared to the annual number of new unconventional oil and gas wells. © Public Herald “To Hell With Us” – Records of Misconduct Found Inside Pa. Drinking Water Investigations PUBLIC HERALD | Since 2004, when the controversial process known as “fracking” began in Pennsylvania, over 4,100 drinking water complaints related to oil and gas operations have been reported to the...

Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health

Ray Kemble of Dimock, Pa., marches with a jug of his well water, from outside a Marcellus Shale industry conference, with other demonstrators opposed hydraulic fracturing, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health Judy Stone ,   Contributor Forbes | 2017-02-17 Health and safety concerns about fracking are huge and likely to grow even more if Scott Pruitt, a man who has been described as a...

Local group hopes to keep fracking away from Colum...

COLUMBUS (WCMH)— Local organization Columbus Community Bill of Rights is hoping to garner enough signatures for a ballot initiative in time for the November 2017 election that would prevent the effects of fracking from ever reaching the Columbus area. The group wants to ensure that no fracking or wastewater injection wells are ever a consideration in Columbus. They point to 13 injection well in Morrow County—among 200...

Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Lit...

Almost every time localities attempt to regulate the oil industry, courts or legislatures stop them. Hydraulic fracturing generates a lot of low-cost energy, but as has been widely reported, it carries with it troubling liabilities. Most of those involve an environmental price paid by the areas where the drilling takes place and oil or natural gas is transported. Localities have limited ability to do anything about them. In...