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“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...

Shallow Fracking Wells May Threaten Aquifers

An analysis finds that thousands of oil and gas hydraulic fracturing wells are less than a mile deep Several thousand near-surface hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations for oil and natural gas production in the U.S. pose a potentially significant risk of contaminating drinking water sources, according to a new analysis. This first national assessment of fracking focused on well depth raises particular concerns about...

EPA’s Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its ...

Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (External Review Draft) Notice This assessment provides a review and synthesis of available information concerning the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources in the United States. This is a draft report that has been made available for public comment and shared with the EPA...

Pennsylvania-DEP Releases Revised Rulemaking Propo...

HARRISBURG — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the latest draft revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites, continuing DEP’s record of modernizing and strengthening the environmental controls employed by this industry to assure the protection of public safety. “These proposed revisions focus on the need to protect public safety and the...

Ohio ranks last in water cleanliness

Out of 30 states tested for water quality, Ohio ranks last, according to a 2013 water quality report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Only 21 percent of samples taken from Ohio waters exceeded national standards for designated beach areas. “The point of water quality testing is not to look at beach quality in a single day; it’s to give people an overall look at beach quality,” said Rob Moore, senior...

Canadians Scientists Discover That Old Gas Wells L...

The steel casing and cement sheathing in an oil and gas well are designed to last for as long as the productive life of the well. About twenty years for a conventional well. About ten for a shale well. Long before that many of them leak, and sometime after the end of their productive life, they will all leak. Because ferrous metals are not immortal.  Particularly when awash in brine. Horizontal (“deviated” in Canada) wells...