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In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leak...

Some wells sunk since 1859 leak methane into homes and water “Citizen scientists” join regulators in race to map lost sites A mail box sits on an abandoned well pipe near blooming peonies, logs snag on metal casings rising out of a creek, children swing next to rusted pump jacks. In Pennsylvania, birthplace of the U.S. oil industry, century-old abandoned oil wells have long been part of the landscape. Nobody gave...

Hot mess: states struggle to deal with radioactive...

Potentially dangerous drilling byproducts are being dumped in landfills throughout the Marcellus Shale with few controls This story was produced in collaboration with the Ohio Valley ReSource, a public media partnership covering Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. The Marcellus Shale has transformed the Appalachian Basin into an energy juggernaut. Even amid a recent drilling slowdown, regional daily production averages enough...

FRONT LINE GROUPS REACT TO COAST GUARD DECISION TO...

On February 22, front line community groups throughout the Ohio River valley received notification that the U.S. Coast Guard has determined that no new rules are needed to barge shipments of toxic, radioactive hydraulic fracturing waste. The Coast Guard instead decided to proceed using 40-year-old regulations that fail to address unconventional oil field waste from hydraulic fracturing. Fracking wastes contain such toxic...

Fayette County, WV Passes Historic Ordinance Banni...

Press Release 1/12/16: County Commission Passes Ordinance to Ban Fracking Waste in Fayette County The Fayette County Commission voted unanimously today to pass an ordinance banning oil and gas waste within Fayette County. This ordinance is the first of its kind within West Virginia and outlaws the storage, disposal, or use of oil and gas waste in the county. Headwaters Defense, a local grassroots organization, delivered a...

Chesapeake, Devon Energy face federal lawsuit over...

OKLAHOMA CITY – Two earthquakes struck central Oklahoma Monday, Nov. 2. The larger of the two near Langston, the other centered near Guthrie, Oklahoma. One group is calling out energy companies. An audit of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by the Environmental Protection Agency suggests more needs to be done. The EPA says more needs to do be done to reduce waste water injection and to better protect our underground...

GEICO refuses to cover man made earthquakes

Oklahoma, companies like Geico announced that they are refusing insurance coverage for any damage caused by man-made earthquakes—such as those caused by processes like fracking, injection, and drilling—just after a series of quakes recently rocked the state; the move has left customers wondering how much of their coverage will be affected. All insurance companies operating in Oklahoma were asked by the state’s insurance...

Canada’s Ban on Oil Tankers Could Be the End of Co...

Campaign promises often fall by the wayside once politicians make it to office, but not for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Less than a month after his election, Canada’s head of state has put his pledge to ban oil tanker traffic into motion. In a letter published Friday, Trudeau asked his Minister of Transportation to “formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast,” the Calgary...

Natural gas leak that’s sickening Valley res...

Southern California Gas Co. is warning that it might need several months to plug a natural gas leak that has been sickening residents in the San Fernando Valley for weeks. A leaking well in the Santa Susana Mountains, more than a mile from the nearest homes in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Porter Ranch, has elicited hundreds of complaints from residents and drawn the scrutiny of state regulators and health officials. The...

Straits of Mackinac pipeline draws concern at Univ...

Pipelines are gaining more of the public’s attention these days, from President Obama’s rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to the concerns many Ohio property owners have expressed over how the new era of shale fracking is creating bigger demands to move natural gas through their state. But one of the Great Lakes region’s biggest pipeline battles is over a line that has been used to move oil under the highly...

Today on WOSU Radio: Earthquakes: Safety Tips, Fra...

When it comes to natural disasters, earthquakes are not typically something the average Ohioan worries about. But last month, Ohio participated in a nationwide earthquake drill as a response to the increasing threat to the Midwest. In California, there have been 408 earthquakes over the last few weeks in San Ramon. This hour, we’ll talk about the effects that fracking and wastewater wells have on seismic activity and...

Study: Fracking Industry Wells Associated With Pre...

WASHINGTON — New research from Johns Hopkins University suggests that pregnant women living near fracking wells in Pennsylvania are more likely to give birth prematurely or have high-risk pregnancies. “Now that we know this is happening, we’d like to figure out why,” said Brian Schwartz, lead researcher and a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “Is it air quality? Is it the stress? They’re the...

Spill concerns, money stall Lakehead oil plan

An American company has suspended its plans to build a US $25-million crude oil transfer dock at Superior, Wisc. to move heavy crude oil from Alberta and North Dakota by barge and tanker through Lake Superior to refineries to the south. Calumet Specialty Products Partners, formerly Elkborn Industries, that operates an oil refinery in the small Wisconsin port near the head of the lake, announced its proposal in 2013 with the...

Monroe County Fracking Disaster: Little progress m...

Part 1 This past Sunday, June 28, marked the one-year anniversary of a fracking chemical fire at the Statoil well pad in a little town called Hannibal, Ohio. The raging fire burned for 5 days and forced 25 Ohio families to evacuate their homes. The water used to fight the fire mixed with chemicals stored on the site and resulted in a 5-mile fish kill in a high quality stream. 70,000 fish and countless other aquatic critters...

Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and gas industry’s...

Oil Patch Dakota — as expected, housing, sex...

Oil patch housing a tricky issue June 19, 2015 2:00 am Watford City officials recently notified conditional-use permit holders that their permits for temporary housing or in effect, campers, would be reviewed this year and then phased out. Mayor Brent Sanford believes the timing is about right, with approximately 1,500 apartment and duplex units on line or under construction in town and rental rates dropping. One-bedroom...