Hydraulic Fracturing

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

Congreassional 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 […]

Utica shale ‘sweet spot’ still to be found, report says
Hydraulic Fracturing

Utica shale ‘sweet spot’ still to be found, report says

COLUMBUS — “There’s a big gulf in success in the Utica that will continue until oil and gas explorers zero in on a ‘sweet spot’ and adequate infrastructure is built, law firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP says in its second-quarter report on Ohio’s shale industry. It looks like […]

Wreckage from the explosion and fire at the Eisenbarth well in Monroe County - Monroe County EMA
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

Proof that we can’t trust oil and gas drillers in an emergency

CLEVELAND — It took Halliburton 5 days to get complete chemical information to the U.S. EPA after the June 28 emergency where frack trucks at the Eisenbarth Well exploded and caught fire.  In the meantime the U.S. EPA monitored toxic pollution – and finding volatile organic compounds in the air […]

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Athens council opposes Meigs barge facility proposal

ATHENS — “Athens City Council unanimously voted on Monday to oppose the construction of a barge facility on the Ohio River which would accept fracking waste in neighboring Meigs County. GreenHunter Water, a Texas company, is seeking approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build a barge facility in […]

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Trans Canada proposes natural gas pipeline through Morrow County

MORROW COUNTY — “Trans Canada is evaluating the possibility of developing a new natural gas pipeline on its ANR system through Morrow County. This possibility brought Trans Canada representative Peter Jaskoski to meet with Morrow County Commissioners on Wednesday July 16, 2014. In a handout provided to the commissioners by Jaskoski, […]

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Auditor general criticizes DEP oversight of shale gas industry

HARRISBURG, PA — “State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale issued a withering review Tuesday of the Department of Environmental Protection‘‍s oversight of the shale gas industry and the regulatory agency’‍s practices for responding to citizens’‍ complaints that drilling has affected their drinking water. The long-promised performance audit details the agency’‍s shortcomings, including […]

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, […]

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish
Hydraulic Fracturing

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

WASHINGTON, DC — “With so many troubling aspects of this disaster, we hope that important lessons are learned regarding the safeguards and regulations that need to be in place to reduce the risks of fracking to human health and the environment, including: Public disclosure of fracking chemicals before fracking is allowed to […]