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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...

Radium again found in Allegheny River and tributar...

Sediment from the Allegheny River and two Indiana County creeks contain high levels of radioactivity downstream from where treated wastewater from conventional gas well drilling operations is discharged, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed research at Duke University found that, over the past six years, levels of radium in river and stream sediment are about 650 times higher below water treatment plants than at...

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...

Ohio EPA Has the Data about Our Water

Ground Water Quality Characterization Program As the designated state water quality management agency, Ohio EPA is responsible for defining and reporting on ambient ground water quality conditions, assessing ground water quality problems and recommending strategies for preventing contamination. Good information on past and present ambient ground water quality, the extent of ground water contamination problems and the...

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...

“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...

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...

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,...

One Year Later: Officials Found Drilling Chemicals...

  One Year Later: Officials Found Drilling Chemicals in Public Water, But Told No One  PUBLIC HERALD | One year ago, on September 24, 2015, a new company owned by billionaire Terry Pegula — JKLM Energy — announced that it had contaminated private drinking water supplies while *drilling for natural gas in Potter County, Pennsylvania. The threat of contamination reaching nearby public water sources forced the shutdown of two...

Local water supplies being tested in advance of oi...

Munroe Falls, (OHIO) — Site preparation work has begun on a planned oil and gas well on the north side of Munroe Falls Avenue and the city has asked Cuyahoga Falls to keep a close eye on the quality of water supplies to the west. Service Director Jim Bowery told the Stow Sentry Aug. 2 that he noticed an excavator clearing the site for the well on a vacant parcel just west of the Sonoco paper mill on July 28. The well...

This mystery was solved: Scientists say chemicals ...

The boom in unconventional drilling for natural gas known as fracking hit so fast that scientists have had to scramble to determine whether it’s safe for humans and the environment. Mostly they’re still trying to catch up. But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to fracture rocks and release...

Pennsylvania Commission Approves Controversial Oil...

Despite formal disapproval by Pennsylvania House and Senate Committees, the Commonwealth’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission, on April 21, 2016, in a 3-2 decision, approved contentious oil and gas regulations that the Governor’s Office claims will improve protection of water resources, address landowner concerns, enhance transparency and improve data management. The regulations include updates to the well permitting...

Dimock’s Shocking $4.24M Win Creates Hope For Pa.’...

Two Dimock, Pa. families who battled water contamination related to shale gas extraction – otherwise known as fracking – for nearly eight years won a $4.24 million nuisance verdict this week against Cabot Oil and Gas. As one of the highest profile water contamination cases in the United States, the ruling shocked plaintiffs, witnesses, and attorneys alike.                    ...

These Popular Fruit and Veggie Brands May be Grown...

The practice is gaining popularity in drought-plagued California, but is it safe? Was your California orange irrigated with wastewater from oil wells? Quite possibly yes. Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater that is generated as a byproduct from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops such as...

BREAKING: Oil & Gas Drilling Impacts Public D...

BREAKING: Two public drinking water systems have been impacted and at least five private water supplies contaminated due to ongoing pollution being caused by a natural gas fracking operation of JKLM Energy in Potter County, Pennsylvania. An emergency public meeting occurred at  4PM at the Gunzburger Building in downtown Coudersport. “It’s worse than we thought,” stated one local official who wishes to remain anonymous. Early...