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Large Swath of Texas Oil Patch Rapidly Sinking and...

West Texas is already home to two giant sinkholes near the town of Wink caused by intensive oil and gas operations. Now, according to an unprecedented study, the “Wink Sinks” might not remain the last in the region. Geophysicists at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas have found rapid rates of ground movement at various locations across a 4,000-square-mile swath around the two sinkholes. This area is...

Fracking’s Freshwater Supply and Demand in Eastern...

 Water is the key ingredient in the hydraulic fracturing process, and its usage – in total and per well – is increasing at an exponential rate. Below, FracTracker takes a look at water withdrawal and use for fracking across 23 Eastern Ohio counties between 2010 and 2016. Mapping Hydraulic Fracturing Freshwater Supply and Demand in Ohio Below is a map of annual and cumulative water withdrawal volumes by the hydraulic...

Study finds earthquakes continue for years after g...

Efforts to stop human-caused earthquakes by shutting down wastewater injection wells that serve adjacent oil and gas fields may oversimplify the challenge, according to a new study from seismologists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The seismologists analyzed a sequence of earthquakes at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and found that even though wastewater injection was halted after a year, the earthquakes...

Public Lands Under Siege: Trump Administration Mov...

The Interior Department is moving to expedite the leasing process for allowing oil and gas drilling on public land, according to an agency memo made public Thursday. The memo released by the Bureau of Land Management states that it seeks to “simplify and streamline the leasing process to alleviate unnecessary impediments and burdens … to ensure quarterly oil and gas lease sales are consistently held.” The...

Oil and gas association, environmental group team ...

Ohio has more than 700 oil and gas wells that have never been plugged or were improperly plugged years ago, resulting in safety risks to children and environmental risks to groundwater and area streams. Nearly a third of them are in northwest Ohio, with most of the other problem areas near Cleveland and southeast Ohio. This Aug. 13, 2013, file photo shows a gas drilling rig at the Detweiler well in Salesville, Ohio....

Pennsylvania Attorney General Launches Fracking Pr...

Ed, Sorry. Photos would not copy. Cover Photograph: Pat Klotz, Bradford County, Pa., talks with Public Herald about a meeting with the Attorney General’s office regarding DEP’s handling of her drinking water complaint investigation. © Joshua B. Pribanic for Public Herald  Pennsylvania Attorney General Is ‘Looking Into’ Fracking Problems Across State by Melissa A. Troutman for Public Herald October 31, 2017   |   Project:...

Tri-county coalition in Ohio takes drilling concer...

Buy Now Four groups — Advocates of Local Land (ALL), Hayesville Community on Fracked Gas (HCFG), Clear Fork Landowners Group (CFLG) and Frack Free Ohio — took turns at the podium addressing a crowd about about 25, Thursday evening at the Mansfield Public Library. MANSFIELD — Four groups tasked with protecting land that gas corporations are investigating for exploratory drilling held a press conference...

A Toxic Tour Through Underground Ohio

A booming injection well industry is pumping toxic waste deep into the earth in Ohio’s rural towns. We begin with a glass of wine on the wraparound porch of Michele Garman, who lives with her husband Tom and teenage son Dominic in the rural Ohio community of Vienna. Just 200 feet from the family’s house is a narrow shaft that the oil and gas industry uses to pump waste riddled with toxic chemicals deep into the earth, one of...

Kucinich wants to eliminate oil and gas drilling i...

Dennis Kucinich promised a “major announcement” today in Columbus, and he delivered a promised moratorium on fracking and outright ban on injection wells if he is elected Ohio governor. Kucinich told reporters his goal is to eliminate all oil and gas wells — not just those from fracking, or hydraulic fracturing — in Ohio by the end of his four-year term. “We’re talking about a brand new day here in Ohio,” he said at a press...

Psychosocial implications of unconventional natura...

As unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) activities such as “fracking” have proliferated across the U.S., research has begun to examine their impacts on human life. Much scholarship has centered on possible health and environmental impacts. However, a range of plausible psychosocial impacts has begun to emerge. Utilizing grounded theory methods and data from qualitative interviews with residents of two counties in...

Trump Administration Repeals Obama Rule Designed t...

The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era rules designed to increase the safety of fracking. “We believe it imposes administrative burdens and compliance costs that are not justified,” the Interior Department‘s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wrote in a notice published Friday in the Federal Register. The 2015 rule required companies drilling for natural gas and oil on public lands to comply with federal...

New, Major Evidence That Fracking Harms Human Heal...

A child born very close to a well is likely to be smaller and less healthy than a child born farther away. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may pose a significant—but very local—harm to human health, a new study finds. Mothers who live very close to a fracking well are more likely to give birth to a less healthy child with a low birth weight—and low birth weight can lead to poorer health throughout a person’s life. The...

Has fracking tainted your water? Scientists say EP...

Six years ago, Bryan Latkanich agreed to let an energy company tap natural gas beneath his property using fracking.  Soon after, the well water at his property in rural Deemston, Pa.,  started tasting metallic.  He developed stomach problems, and his 7 year-old son one day emerged from a bath covered in bleeding sores. Testing by state regulators and a researcher at nearby Duquesne University showed the well water had...

Rally to Protect the Wayne National Forest on Dece...

Wayne National Forest up for sale! from Teresa Mills,  On December 14th the fourth auction of Wayne National Forest to gas and oil will be held, despite continued public outcry. The fracked gas from these wells will feed into Energy Transfer Partners’ Rover Pipeline, which is currently under construction, and will go under the Ohio River and through Wayne National Forest’s Proclamation Boundary. The US Forest...

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,...