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Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater

Scientists are analyzing the liquid that comes from fracking wells to determine the best ways to treat it. Almost 3 million gallons of concentrated salt water leaked in early January from a ruptured pipeline at a natural gas drilling site near Williston, N.D. The brine, a by-product of the oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, spilled into two creeks that empty into the Missouri River, according to...

Ohio senator seeks stricter fracking waste penalti...

COLUMBUS – A state senator wants increased penalties and stiffer permit rules for improperly disposing of gas-drilling waste and toxic brine in Ohio. Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni’s legislation would raise the state’s penalties for knowingly disposing of oil and gas waste illegally to levels found in the federal Clean Water Act. The Boardman Democrat says violators could face a felony. They could be fined...

We’re finding out what’s in fracking wastewater, a...

On so many issues, California is the green leader, showing other states how it should be done better. But better is not necessarily the same thing as flawless. Right now, California is doing a better job of regulating fracking than any other state that allows it — but, of course, many local activists would rather the state just banned it, as New York has. The federal government doesn’t require fracking companies to disclose...

Studies target health, fracking

Research: Problems subside when people move away from wells Dogs serve as living recorders of toxic exposure. Cattle have trouble breeding. People report headaches, dizziness, difficulty breathing and a raft of other ills. Those are a few of the findings in a new suite of academic studies on natural-gas production and health being published today. People’s and animals’ troubles subside, one study found, when they move away...

Gas Industry’s Solution to Toxic Wastewater: Spray...

In parts of Pennsylvania and New York, the answer to ice-slick wintry roads is simple: Put some gas production waste on it. Municipalities in the northern parts of both states use the salty wastewater from oil and gas production to melt ice in winter and suppress road dust in summer. The salty liquid does a great job: The brine can be as much as 10 times saltier than typical road salt. Plus it comes cheap; oil and gas...

Concerns over injection wells near WCCC (Washingto...

A local oil and gas company is requesting a permit to locate four brine injection wells on property it owns near the Washington County Career Center on Ohio 676 just outside Marietta in Warren Township. And the proposal has reportedly generated some community concern. Just more than 30 community members and officials turned out to the Washington County Career Center Board of Education regular meeting Thursday evening, all...

Fracking by-product de-icing roads, but is it safe...

Fracking has been a controversial topic in recent years since it began to be used on a wide-spread scale. But now the byproduct of the drilling process is being used by the Ohio Department of Transportation to help clear roads in Summit County. From the fracking field to our roads, a new product called AquaSalina has been added to the arsenal of weapons ODOT uses against the snow and ice. “We heard good things from...

Report Shows How Fracking Industry’s Failure to Fo...

A new report out today from Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that all types of fracking companies, from small to large, are prone to violating rules intended to protect human health and the environment. The report, Fracking Failures: Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S., analyses Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry over a four-year period and...

Why Fracking Is a Breast Cancer Issue

Most people consider fracking a climate change issue. They are able to make the connection between a potent greenhouse gas like methane and its impact on warming the planet. But methane emission leaks at well sites are only one of the many concerns of the fracking boom. The toxic process also uses more than 700 chemicals, many linked to breast cancer. Fracking threatens the necessities of life, and just as this process...

Fracking linked to radioactive river water in Pa.

Has fracking contaminated water supplies? A Duke University study says its wastewater wasn’t adequately treated before being released into a Pennsylvania river, causing elevated levels of radioactivity. River water in western Pennsylvania has elevated levels of radioactivity, some of it from fluids discharged after natural gas extraction, says a Duke University study today that’s likely to stir more controversy...

Fracking waste will yield toxic future

Our state legislators and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources have welcomed with open arms highly toxic “produced fluids” from gas and oil fracking. In 2011, more than 2.8 million barrels of fracking waste were put into Ohio’s injection wells. Half of that waste came from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. These wastes contain myriad industrial chemicals used to frack gas and oil wells. Because of nondisclosure agreements,...

Fracking Data Sought by Environmental Groups in EP...

A coalition of advocacy groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for public access to information on toxic chemicals released by the energy industry through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other forms of oil and gas drilling. Fracking involves the injection of water, chemicals and sand below ground to extract oil and gas from shale formations. The process has been criticized as environmentally dangerous,...

Dozens testify against proposed frack-waste well i...

Some say they doubt ODNR will listen to opposition input Not one of 35 community members who spoke Tuesday evening during a public meeting about a proposed  Torch area fracking waste injection well said he or she favors it. The eastern Athens County well has been proposed by K&H Partners of West Virginia, the same company that operates two other injection wells in the same area. Called by the Athens County Commissioners,...

Fracking chemicals’ untold threat to reproductive ...

There’s a lot we don’t know about the potential health impacts of fracking operations on the people who live in their vicinity. But researchers say we should start paying attention.  In a new paper published in the journal Reviews on Environmental Health, researchers led by the University of Missouri’s Susan Negel conducted a review of some 150 papers published over the past 40 years examining the effects that chemicals...

Ohio Singled Out for Worst Fracking Waste Disposal...

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report this week showing that Ohio was the only state among eight studied that allows waste fluids from oil and gas wells to be disposed of without disclosure of the chemicals it contains. The report, created as a request by seven Democratic U.S. Senators and Congresspersons, studied eight states where fracking has become widespread—California, Colorado, Kentucky,...