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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...

Experts slam Trump administration’s flawed analysi...

“Everything about this repeal is bogus and slapdash.” The economic analysis that the Trump administration is using to support its repeal of an Obama-era water pollution rule has serious flaws, economists and regulatory experts told Bloomberg BNA. And legal experts told ThinkProgress that relying on a flawed economic analysis could open the Trump administration up to serious legal problems down the road. Economists warned...

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...

Ohio EPA: Rover Pipeline refusing to comply

MANSFIELD – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has asked the company installing the Rover Pipeline to be respectful of the environment, but it has ignored such requests. The state of Ohio intends to change that. During a Monday conference call with media, Craig Butler, the director of the Ohio EPA, said the Ohio EPA has issued a unilateral order to Energy Transfer Partners, the parent company of Rover Pipeline,...

Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about...

    This image distributed by the Ohio EPA shows the site of an April incident involving the Rover Pipeline. Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski May 12, 2017 Midwest Energy News | 2017-05-12T06:01:00+00:00 Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and...

Feds Halt New Drilling on Rover Pipeline After Mas...

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted new drilling Wednesday on the Rover Pipeline until it addresses its 2 million gallon spill of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands. The decision was made just days after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) with a $431,000 fine over numerous water and air pollution violations along the route of the $4.2...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in North Dakota in just one year On average a spill occurred every 11 hours and 45 minutes Charlie May Salon | Sunday, May 7, 2017 05:09 PM EDT  North Dakota, a state that was the forefront of national protests for months over environmental concerns stemming from the construction of a major pipeline, reported 745 oil spills since last May, according to the state’s Department of...

Defend Our Mother Earth: OH vs PA

Defend Our Mother Earth: OH vs PA This Mother’s Day, activists battle on the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania to defend Mother Earth! Ohioans are sick of being the dumping ground for the radioactive toxic wastewater that comes from hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells in Pennsylvania. Likewise, Pennsylvanians don’t want nasty drilling waste in their backyards either! Activists will butt heads this Mother’s Day, as...

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...

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 brine leak in North Dakota reaches Missou...

Fracking brine leak in North Dakota reaches Missouri River, prompts state Democrats to call for more regulation  Rebecca Jacobson, Inside Energy PBS NewsHour | A pipeline leak near Williston, North Dakota, that began January 6 has spilled 3 million gallons of brine — a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing. The leak has reached the Missouri River, the Associated Press reported on Friday. It’s the largest saltwater spill in the...