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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...

Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health

Ray Kemble of Dimock, Pa., marches with a jug of his well water, from outside a Marcellus Shale industry conference, with other demonstrators opposed hydraulic fracturing, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Fracking And What New EPA Means For Your Health Judy Stone ,   Contributor Forbes | 2017-02-17 Health and safety concerns about fracking are huge and likely to grow even more if Scott Pruitt, a man who has been described as a...

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access...

 CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply. The Army granted Energy Transfer Partners formal permission Wednesday to lay pipe...

Dakota Access opponents urge action as Army consen...

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of the Dakota Access oil pipeline called for protests around the world Wednesday as the Army prepared to greenlight the final stage of the $3.8 billion project’s construction. The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the four-state pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, the last big chunk of construction. The Standing Rock Sioux, which has led the...

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....

Trump Orders Massive Rollback of Environmental Pro...

Order Contains Dangerous, Illegal Requirement to Cut Two Rules for Every New One WASHINGTON— In a major effort to dismantle environmental protections, President Donald Trump today signed an executive order requiring all federal agencies to repeal two regulations before implementing a new rule. This unprecedented and illegal restriction would hamstring every federal agency’s efforts to implement laws and dramatically curtail...

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....

Florida lawmakers move to ban fracking

Republicans. Florida. Environmentalism? A group of lawmakers has introduced a bill in Florida that would prohibit hydraulic fracturing — commonly referred to as fracking — in the state. It’s the latest salvo in a years-long legislative standoff between oil and gas interests and environmentalists concerned about water quality. This year, the bill seems to capture the popular sentiment in the state. Fracking is currently legal...

America’s Dangerous Pipelines

America’s Dangerous Pipelines Analysis by Richard Stover, Ph.D., and the Center for Biological Diversity biologicaldiversity.org | A new analysis of oil and gas pipeline safety in the United States reveals a troubling history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths. This time-lapse video shows pipeline incidents from 1986 to 2013, relying on publicly available data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...