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Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

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Figure 2 - Ohio’s injection wells – image credit: Fractracker.org
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Injection wells – What’s the problem?

What is brine, what is an injection well? Horizontal hydraulic fracturing, now being used in Ohio to extract oil and gas, is an invasive industrial process that fractures rocks deep underground. The oil and gas that comes up is millions of years old, and is thought to be the heated, […]

Kasich joins push to give fracking ingredients to first responders
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Kasich joins push to give fracking ingredients to first responders

COLUMBUS — “Big changes could be coming to Ohio’s fracking regulations in terms of chemical disclosure. It’s a transparency issue environmental groups have been pushing to advance for years, and it appears another step is in the works following a major chemical spill. Late last month a large fire broke […]

Utica mineral rights ruling could jolt shale bonanza
Hydraulic Fracturing

Utica mineral rights ruling could jolt shale bonanza

COLUMBUS — “The Ohio Supreme Court will answer a big legal question nagging the oil and gas industry since exploration of the Utica shale formation began. Justices’ finding could wind up redirecting tens of millions of exploration dollars and leave some gas-rich Ohioans out of the bonanza. The court in […]

Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto, surrounded by local kids, kicking off a press conference today in support of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
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EPA’s Pittsburgh hearing on the Clean Power Plan: My comments

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In cutting carbon emissions from power plants, Ohio is already ahead of the game, with a robust energy-efficiency and renewable-energy sector. Ohio’s efficiency and renewables law, called the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, is on hold for two years. But the law, once fully implemented, can be an […]

Single fracking waste well blamed for hundreds of low-level quakes
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Single fracking waste well blamed for hundreds of low-level quakes

WELD COUNTY, CO — “A single injection well in Weld County, used to dispose of millions of gallons of produced water from fracking operations, has been linked to 500 minor earthquakes in the area over a seven-week period since early June, according to University of Colorado researchers who’ve been monitoring […]

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The U.S. EPA is the ultimate authority over injection wells in our country. They conduct an audit of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ injection well program every few years. Unfortunately, their most recent audits heap uncritical, praise on the ODNR’s injection well program, and show no initiative to actually […]

Residents fight against future saltwater injection well
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Residents fight against future saltwater injection well

KTEN.com – No One Gets You Closer LOVE COUNTY, OK — “A salt water disposal well is where water from oil and gas production is discarded. The water is contaminated so state and federal agencies regulate where and how these wells are drilled. But many residence near Burneyville say that isn’t […]

Congressional watchdog urges EPA to step up actions on fracking
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Congressional watchdog urges EPA to step up actions on fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — “In a report made public Monday, the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found that the EPA’s efforts were hindered because the guidance it gives other agencies hasn’t been updated since the 1980s. In addition, the GAO said, the EPA lacks the resources needed for enforcement, such […]

An oil and natural gas well that was involved in a huge fire June 28 in Monroe County.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Federal report details chemicals used at drilling site

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV) MONROE CO — “The fire was so large it could be seen across the Ohio River in West Virginia. The smoke from it was so thick the Monroe County EMA Director, Phil Keevert said firefighters had to be pulled back three times […]

A gas flare appears outside Williston, N.D., created by the release of excess flammable gases during the drilling for oil and natural gas. (Andrew Burton / Getty Images)
Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil drilling in North Dakota raises concerns about radioactive waste

ARNEGARD, ND — “Nearly 1,000 radioactive filters were found last year at the landfill, part of a growing tide of often toxic waste produced by the state’s oil and gas rush. Oil field waste includes drill cuttings — rock and earth that come up a well bore — along with […]