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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...

Duke Study: Fracking Is Leaving Radioactive Pollut...

Residents near the Marcellus Shale Gas Field have long been wondering whether their water is safe to drink. A new study from Duke University is likely to further stoke fears. Geochemists have found dangerous levels of radioactivity and salinity at a fracking disposal site near Blacklick Creek, which feeds into water sources for Pittsburgh and other western Pennsylvania cities. The Duke scientists spent two years, from 2010...

New tracers can identify frack fluids in the envir...

Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers, which were created by a team of U.S. and French researchers, have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia and downstream from an oil and gas brine wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania. “This gives us new forensic tools to detect...

EPA: Zanesville Drinking water testing limits, but...

ZANESVILLE — The water in Muskingum County nearly exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contaminant level for trihalomethanes, chlorination byproducts known to increase the risk of cancer, according to EPA standards, although the allowable level was recently reduced by 20 percent. At the county water department, trihalomethanes tested well above the maximum contaminant level during at least one of the 2012...

4 states confirm water pollution from drilling

Associated Press review of complaints casts doubt on industry view that it rarely happens. PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation’s energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen. The...

Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Linked to Fracking Fo...

This week (December 2013), more evidence came in that hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) poses potentially serious risks to drinking water quality and human health. A team of researchers from the University of Missouri found evidence of hormone-disrupting activity in water located near fracking sites – including samples taken from the Colorado River near a dense drilling region of western Colorado. The Colorado River is a...

The elephant in the room: Are our Ohio environment...

Ohioans were horrified to hear news stories about the spill of toxic material into the Ohio River from a West Virginia coal company. Some of our neighbors to the southeast still cannot drink their water. What most Ohioans have not heard about is the intentional dumping of 20,000 gallons of radioactive and toxic fracking waste water into Ohio’s Mahoning River. Three tanker trucks full of so-called “brine” were deliberately...

Shale Gas Development in Ohio – Information ...

The proliferation of shale gas wells in Ohio using horizontal hydraulic fracturing methods has heightened concerns among scientists, landowners, and the public. Questions about leases, roadways and truck traffic, chemicals used in drilling, emergency response, water testing, and potential health effects have been raised. The Ohio Environmental Council has created this resource guide for anyone interested in information about...

Fracking Chemicals Found to Disrupt Hormone Functi...

University of Missouri researchers have found that 11 chemicals commonly used in fracking for oil and natural gas are endocrine disruptors, while water near hydraulic fracturing drilling sites had greater hormone-disrupting properties than in areas without drilling. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the body’s endocrine system, which controls numerous body functions with hormones such as the female hormone estrogen and the...

Natural radium turns up in fracking water

Naturally occurring radiation brought to the surface by gas drillers has been detected in a Pennsylvania creek that flows into the Allegheny River, illustrating the risks of wastewater disposal from the boom in hydraulic fracturing. Sediment in Blacklick Creek contained radium in concentrations 200 times above normal, or background levels, according to the study, published yesterday in the journal Environmental Science and...