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Jessica Smith-Szabo
Ohio Citizen Action

Jessica Smith-Szabo to lead Cleveland field canvass for Ohio Citizen Action

CLEVELAND — On Monday, Jessica Smith-Szabo joined the staff of Ohio Citizen Action as Field Canvass Director. Recently married on September 27, Jessica is a dedicated canvasser from Clean Water Action in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Smith-Szabo grew up in Milan, Michigan the middle child of five. She studied at Central […]

Since 2009, oil and gas production has had more deaths from fires and explosion than any private industry. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.
Hydraulic Fracturing

OIL AND GAS: Drilling’s worker safety record bodes ill for public health

WASHINGTON, DC — “Worker safety is perhaps the only place where the oil and gas industry’s safety record can be lined up next to other industries and compared. It’s gotten better, but with a fatality rate that topped coal mining’s in 2012, drilling stacks up badly. Public health and worker […]

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter
Energy

Minnesota leads Midwest on efficiency; Indiana, Ohio falter

ST PAUL, MN — “The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACCEE) lauded Wisconsin for being among the top four states for improving its energy efficiency environment. The rest of the region had a much more mixed scorecard, with both Ohio (25) and Indiana (40) falling substantially in the […]

New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals

An Environmental Integrity Project Investigation finds at least 6 fracking fluids on the market with higher concentrations of benzene (a carcinogen) than diesel fuel, and at least 153 wells fracked with liquids containing ethylbenzene (a probable carcinogen) in 11 states (OK, ND, TX, WY, CO, CA, OH, LA, NM, MT, […]

An artist's drawing of the European Space Agency's Envisat. The satellite's sophisticated sensors measured the massive methane leaks from shale oil and gas production. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers find record leaks of methane from oil shale boom areas

BREMEN, GERMANY — “Oil and gas basins in North Dakota and East Texas leaked around 10 percent of natural gas they produced to the atmosphere between 2006 and 2011. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that exacerbates climate change. The leakage rate in the study is […]

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels
Clean Power Plan / Energy

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels

WASHINGTON, DC — “The US wind industry is booming, installing more in the first 9 months of 2014 than was installed throughout all of 2013. The figures come from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which predicts 2014 will finish strong and push through to stepped-up installations throughout 2015. ‘The American wind industry […]

University of Pittsburgh study finds link between air toxics and childhood autism
Right-to-Know

University of Pittsburgh study finds link between air toxics and childhood autism

PITTSBURGH, PA — “A University of Pittsburgh study has found links between childhood autism spectrum disorder and exposure to higher levels of certain air toxins during pregnancy and the first two years of life. Researchers at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene […]

The US benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of US shale oil production would be uneconomic and drillers would reduce the amount of barrels for domestic output for the first time in four years, a study says. Photo: Greg Newington
Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil at $80 a Barrel Muffles Forecasts for U.S. Shale Boom

NEW YORK, NY — “The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth. The U.S. benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of U.S. shale oil production would be […]

Acid mine drainage flows through a stream in western Pennsylvania. photo: Nathaniel Warner
Hydraulic Fracturing

New tracers can identify frack fluids in the environment

Scientists develop new geochemical tracers, tested at sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania ARLINGTON, VA — “Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia […]

Elaine Beadle stands in front of an oil field tank battery that has leaked hydrogen sulfide gas near her home in Odessa, Texas. Photo by Mike Lee.
Hydraulic Fracturing

‘That stuff can get you so fast’ — deadly gas on the rise in oil fields

ODESSA, TX — “Elaine Beadle initially thought the odor creeping into her home on this city’s west side was a sewer leak. It started about the time she moved in four years ago — a smell like rotten eggs. Sometimes it got so bad her eyes burned. She soon learned the real […]