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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,...

A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transform...

  A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape www.hcn.org | 13 mins read While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open. I moved to North Dakota for the same reason everyone else did: because oil was selling for over $100 a barrel, and there was work to do. I drove in from the south on June 8, 2014, on highways crowded with semis hauling oil,...

Far away from any witnesses, my small town is bein...

In a tiny south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills, the Hazel Ginsburg Well is holding waste  from out-of-state fracking operations – a sludge of toxic chemicals and undrinkable water Some days, the air would smell acrid, sharp like bleach, and I would hurry from the car into the house. Other days, the wind seemed normal, unremarkable. I didn’t know why. My south-eastern Ohio town in the Appalachian foothills is...

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Do...

On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells for permanent...

Fracking Giant Sues Dimock Resident for $5M for Sp...

Ever since the dangerous consequences of natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing—popularly known as “fracking“—entered the national consciousness, the small town of Dimock, Pennsylvania has arguably been “ground zero” for water contamination caused by the controversial practice. Now Cabot Oil & Gas, the massive energy company responsible for numerous fracking wells near Dimock, is suing...

Wayne National Forest Could Be Deforested – Again...

Eighty years ago, Southeastern Ohio was a wasteland of barren, eroding hills. During the 18th and 19th centuries this once heavily forested area in the Appalachian foothills had been clear cut and mined beyond recognition. When the Great Depression struck, lowering crop prices made farming unprofitable in the area, and 40% of the population moved away. In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Civilian...

State criticized for shifting millions from oil-an...

With three legislators objecting to the “raid,” a state board on Monday approved appropriating $15 million from an oil-and-gas fund designated by law to protect Ohioans and the environment, to be used to pay a settlement of an unrelated lawsuit. The Controlling Board voted 4-3 to remove the money from the fund, which is used in part to seal “orphan” natural-gas and oil wells, to fund a settlement with landowners near Grand...

Surge In Hydraulic Fracturing Drives Water Managem...

A new wave of drilling activity in the hydraulic fracturing sector has kick-started demand for water management solutions in a sector that was lagging less than a year ago. With a rebound in drilling activity underway, energy company spend on U.S. water management is forecasted to rise 47% by the end of 2017, according to Bluefield Research’s new Market Insight, Water for U.S. Hydraulic Fracturing Market: Competitive...