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More study needed on fracking, birth link

Researchers analyzed data related to 15,451 babies born in three southwestern Pennsylvania counties from 2007 through 2010, logging birth weight and tracking how close the mother lived to fracking wells. Pregnant women who live close to multiple fracking wells in Pennsylvania were more likely to have babies with lower birth weights than were those who live farther away, a study published on Wednesday shows. University of...

Company fined for dumping fracking wastes in storm...

A judge on Thursday fined the company $75,000 and ordered it to pay $25,000 to be split between Friends of the Mahoning River and Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association. CLEVELAND A northeast Ohio company has pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to the illegal dumping of wastewater from gas and oil drilling into a storm sewer 33 times between October 2012 and January 2013. A judge on Thursday fined the company...

Spill at injection well threatened water supply ne...

Residents in Vienna Township relied on bottled water for a week WARREN Local officials are seeking answers after a chemical spill at an injection well facility threated a northeast Ohio township’s water supply. Inspectors earlier this month traced a chemical spill in Vienna Township to a Kleese Development Associates facility, which operates five saltwater injection wells. Residents in the township near Warren relied on...

Athens County Fracking Action Network appeals K�...

Athens County Fracking Action Network has appealed the recent permitting of the K&H#3 injection well, the third to be drilled on the Torch, Ohio, site owned by Jeff Harper of West Virginia. The latest Athens County radioactive frack waste injection well was permitted last month by Ohio Department of Natural Resources, under Governor John Kasich, in spite of hundreds of appeals from Athens County residents as well as...

National Zero Discharge Pretreatment Limit Propose...

On April 7, 2015, USEPA proposed a zero discharge Clean Water Act pretreatment standard for wastewater from existing or new Unconventional Oil and Gas Extraction (UOG) facilities discharged to a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTW).  USEPA states that even though UOG wastewater (.i.e., generated from hydraulic fracturing) is not currently being directly discharged to POTWs, they want no incremental change to industry...

Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens

TORCH, Ohio — The tractor-trailers arrive at a steady pace, turning off Rt. 50 and climbing a hill to a collection of tall, green metal tanks. The trucks haul long, white tanks that are bare except for a number that identifies their company and one word that has riled a vocal population in Athens County: brine. Brine is another name for the fracking wastewater that bubbles up in oil and gas wells in Ohio, Pennsylvania and...

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Proje...

A major new study finds that, as suspected, it is new, unconventional gas wells that are far more likely to leak heat-trapping — and tap-water igniting — methane than older, conventional wells. After examining the publicly available compliance records of more than 41,000 wells in northeastern Pennsylvania, the Cornell-led researchers have dropped this bombshell: About 40 percent of the oil and gas wells in parts of the...

OEPA: 2,000 gallons of waste oil spilled into Vien...

VIENNA, Ohio Workers from Kleese Development were back at two ponds and the Little Yankee Run wetlands on Sodom Hutchings Road on Friday for a second day, cleaning up an estimated 2,000 gallons or more of “light waste oil” from Kleese’s oilfield-services company nearby. The company issued a statement late Friday saying the company was halting all operations at the Sodom Hutchings location, including brine injection “for the...

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...