nav-left cat-right
cat-right

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...

House Republicans Vote to End Rule Stopping Coal M...

(WASHINGTON) — Moving to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments made to foreign governments relating to mining and drilling....

Congress overturns rule that blocked coal mines fr...

WASHINGTON – Republicans this week kicked off their drive to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations by repealing a “Stream Protection Rule” meant to keep coal mines from dumping waste into streams. The U.S. Senate approved the measure Thursday in a 54 to 45 vote that went largely along party lines, with backing from Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman, and a “no” vote from Ohio Democratic Sen....

Mike DeWine, Ohio join 12 other states in suit aga...

Ohio joins a dozen other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s new stream-protection rules affecting coal mining activity. (Cleveland Plain Dealer) COLUMBUS, Ohio – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio joined with a dozen other states Tuesday in a lawsuit aimed at the federal government’s “Stream Protection Rule.” The rule, announced in December by the Department of the Interior, is...

Ohio’s Fractured Lands – Effects of fr...

Felicia Mettler never saw herself taking a stand for an environmental cause. But when injection well activity began in Torch, a few miles from her Coolville home, she weighed the impact on her family and the land around her. “As a mother, it’s my job to protect my kids, and I don’t want to move,” Mettler, 45, a stay-at-home mother of three, said. “I’m on land that is family land. My mother, I could throw a rock at her house....

Judge orders Ohio to let company reopen brine inje...

CLEVELAND — The pumping of waste from hydraulic fracturing operations into a closed Ohio injection well is expected to resume after a judge’s ruling that the state’s oil-and-gas regulator failed to consider a new plan after shutting down the well in 2014 because of two small earthquakes nearby. Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Kimberly Cocroft ordered the state and well operator, American Water Management...

Reversing Course, E.P.A. Says Fracking Can Contami...

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas extraction technique also known as fracking, has contaminated drinking water in some circumstances, according to the final version of a comprehensive study first issued in 2015. The new version is far more worrying than the first, which found “no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water” supplies. In a...

Quantity of flowback and produced waters from unco...

Highlights •Estimated flowback and produced water volume from unconventional oil and gas wells is 1.7 to 14.3 × 106 L per well. •A small fraction (4-8%) of the flowback and produced waters is composed of returned injected hydraulic fracturing fluids. •The majority (92-96%) of flowback and produced waters is composed of naturally occurring formation brines. •A significant volume (20-50%) of unconventional oil and gas...

Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from...

Notice EPA is announcing the availability of the final report, Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas: Impacts from the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle on Drinking Water Resources in the United States. Abstract This final report provides a review and synthesis of available scientific information concerning the relationship between hydraulic fracturing activities and drinking water resources in the United States. The report is...

Judge considering Ohio authority to regulate injec...

Judge considering Ohio authority to regulate injection well whio.com | Columbus  Columbus — The operator of a Youngstown-area injection well for fracking wastewater is challenging the authority of Ohio’s oil-and-gas chief to regulate its operations, calling his actions illegal and contrary to science. American Water Management Services argues in a case before Franklin County Judge Kimberly Cocroft on Tuesday that the...

Amish oppose use of drilling ‘brine’ w...

Don Hopey/Post-GazetteSiri Lawson holds a jam jar full of mud and fluids collected from roads after drilling brine was applied to the road in front of her house. Amish oppose use of drilling ‘brine’ wastewater on roads By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 30, 2016 8:29 PM   RUSSELL, Pa. — There are 44 miles of dirt roads in rural Farmington Township, Warren County, hard against...

Doctors call for state ban on drilling and frackin...

    Post-GazetteThe Pennsylvania Medical Society’s 300-member House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution calling for the fracking moratorium, registry and research at its annual meeting on Sunday. Pennsylvania Doctors call for state ban on drilling and fracking  By Don Hopey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 29, 2016 9:10 PM   The Pennsylvania Medical Society has called for a moratorium on...

CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton wants to close a fracking &...

Closing what’s known as the “Halliburton loophole” is the clearest oil and gas policy goal of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But it’s not clear what her proposal would do. On one hand, it would appear to not matter much. When it was passed in 2005, the oft-misunderstood environmental exemption for hydraulic fracturing merely cemented the legal status quo. On the other hand,...

Ohio Supreme Court derails efforts to put anti-fra...

The Ohio Supreme Court this week said it will not force a proposed 2016 charter initiative to be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot in Meigs County. The ruling, a 6-1 majority, affects a measure seeking to prohibit the disposal of fracking waste, as well as ban the use of water for the fracking process of oil and gas drilling. The decision also impacts similar initiatives in Portage and Athens counties. Supporters of the 2016...

Marcellus Shale waste trips more radioactivity ala...

Last year, nearly 1,000 trucks hauling 15,769 tons of Marcellus Shale waste were stopped at Pennsylvania landfill gates after tripping radioactivity alarms. The trucks were pulled to the side, wanded with hand-held detectors and some of the material was sent to laboratories for further evaluation. In the end, 622 tons were shipped to three out-of-state landfills specifically designed to dispose of hazardous and radioactive...