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Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire
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Eastern Ohio pipeline hauling toxic mix catches fire

MONROE COUNTY— “A pipeline carrying condensate, a toxic substance produced during natural gas and oil processing, caught fire in eastern Ohio early this morning. It burned several acres of Monroe County woodland before the pipeline pressure dropped low enough for the fire to burn itself out. No one was injured, […]

Evacuations lifted, scene secured at Jefferson County well pad site
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Evacuations lifted, scene secured at Jefferson County well pad site

JEFFERSON CO — “UPDATE: A release from the Jefferson County 911 Center states: ‘As of 6:45 Wednesday morning, the emergency at the well pad site on Twp Road 184 in Jefferson County is over.  The site is secure and danger has passed.  All evacuations have been lifted and all residents […]

The tank battery at Marathon's Buffalo 34-12H well pad. Dustin Bergsing died on the catwalk between the two tanks in January 2012. Photo courtesy of OSHA, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
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SAFETY: Poisoned by the shale? Investigations leave questions in oil tank deaths

KILLDEER, ND — “Dustin Bergsing was 21 and six weeks a father when he arrived here at Marathon Oil Corp.’s Buffalo 34-12H well pad, a square of red gravel carved into a low hill. By dawn, he was dead. A co-worker found him shortly after midnight, slumped below the open hatch […]

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.
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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 […]

New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals
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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.
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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 […]

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
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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
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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.
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‘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 […]

An explosion at an oil well near Bolivar, Ohio, in 2012 killed a worker, hurled a tank more than 250 feet and alarmed neighbors. Photo by Brandie Hanley.
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SAFETY: The drilling industry’s explosion problem

WASHINGTON, DC — “The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than […]