Hydraulic Fracturing

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer
Hydraulic Fracturing

New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer

ALBANY, NY  — “Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in […]

Environmental group ‘audits’ fracking waste disposal oversight
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Environmental group ‘audits’ fracking waste disposal oversight

COLUMBUS — “An environmental advocacy organization on Tuesday called on the federal government to audit Ohio’s fracking waste disposal system and suspend the state’s authority over injection wells. The push from Ohio Citizen Action was coupled with the release of a “citizens’ audit” of Ohio’s oil and gas waste disposal […]

Families flee out-of-control natural-gas leak at eastern Ohio fracking well
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Families flee out-of-control natural-gas leak at eastern Ohio fracking well

MONROE CO — “About 25 families in eastern Ohio have been unable to live in their houses for the past three days because of a natural-gas leak at a fracking well that crews cannot stop. Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the state agency that […]

An oil and natural gas well that was involved in a huge fire June 28 in Monroe County.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Study claims state, federal authorities are not maintaining injection well records

NBC4: Columbus, Ohio News, Weather, and Sports (WCMH-TV) COLUMBUS — “An environmental study of Ohio’s wells used to dispose fracking waste, states both the state and federal government have both failed to do their jobs. In 1983 the US-EPA gave authority over injection wells to the Ohio Department of Natural […]

Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Ohio activist groups pleased by committee death of H.B. 490

COLUMBUS — “A coalition of environmental organizations, community organizing groups and concerned citizens including health professionals and first responders mobilized to help defeat HB 490, killing it in the Ohio Senate Agriculture Committee before it could move to the floor for a vote. Mobilized within just three weeks, hundreds of […]

Environmentalists find serious flaws in Ohio’s oversight of fracking waste
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Environmentalists find serious flaws in Ohio’s oversight of fracking waste

COLUMBUS — “An environmental advocacy group conducted a pretty thorough audit of Ohio’s Class II injection wells — the places where fracking wastewater usually ends up here — and found a bunch of problems, according to the audit, which was released today. Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Citizen Action Education […]

Theo Colborn, 1927-2014
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells / Research & Reports

Filling the void: A Citizen Audit of Ohio Oil and Gas Waste Disposal Wells

When regulators fail, citizens step in COLUMBUS — Two statewide environmental groups released a report today highlighting the failures of state and federal agencies to operate the state’s oil and gas waste disposal well program. Ohio Citizen Action and Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund say that the Ohio Department of […]

Monroe County EMA officials say 28 homes within a mile and half out from Triad Hunter pad had to leave their home for safety reasons.
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Gas leak caused by mechanical failure

MONROE COUNTY — “A quiet Saturday evening quickly changed for those living off of State Route 7 and 255 in Sardis, after they received word there had been a leaking well pad. ‘This is a very rare rare occasion and I’ve worked wells all over the world and this is […]

Stronger regulations on fracking-related earthquakes possible, firm predicts
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Stronger regulations on fracking-related earthquakes possible, firm predicts

COLUMBUS — “Ohio has been a leader in monitoring the link between hydraulic fracturing and small earthquakes, but ‘further evidence may create social and/or political pressure for even stronger regulations related to seismic activity,’ a new report says. A study released in October found 400 previously unknown earthquakes in eastern […]

Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee
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Agriculture and environment bill stuck in committee

COLUMBUS — “A heavily amended, wide-ranging bill dealing with environmental, agriculture and fracking issues now could to be stuck in the mud. House Bill 490 includes language dealing with regulations of telephone landlines, the allowing more water to be drawn from Lake Erie under the Great Lakes Compact and fracking […]