Hydraulic Fracturing

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing

Harrison County hit by positive magnitude fracking quakes in 2013

HARRISON CO — “There is new evidence that small earthquakes triggered by hydraulic fracturing or fracking rocked Ohio’s Harrison County in late 2013. The nearly 500 micro-quakes occurred from early October to mid-December near Clendening Lake in an area with no recorded earthquakes, according to seismologist Paul A. Friberg of […]

Scientists are getting to the bottom of what's in fracking fluids — with some troubling results. Credit: Doug Duncan/U.S. Geological Survey
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

A new look at what’s in ‘fracking’ fluids raises red flags

BERKELEY, CA — “William Stringfellow, Ph.D., says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has […]

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Report: Too few safeguards for drinking water near fracking wells

WASHINGTON, DC — “Federal and state governments do not do enough to safeguard drinking water around the nearly 200,000 wells where fracking wastewater is injected deep underground, according to a federal report. The U.S. Government Accountability Office found that existing regulations do not adequately protect against contamination that could occur […]

An offshore oil platform and wells are silhouetted by the setting sun in the Gulf of Mexico.
Hydraulic Fracturing

Deep water fracking next frontier for offshore drilling

HOUSTON, TX — “Energy companies are taking their controversial fracking operations from the land to the sea — to deep waters off the U.S., South American and African coasts. Cracking rocks underground to allow oil and gas to flow more freely into wells has grown into one of the most […]

U.S. District Court in Cleveland (Photo: WKYC)
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Man who dumped fracking waste into river gets prison term

U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent sentenced Lupo to 28 months in prison and fined him $25,000 CLEVELAND — “The owner of a Youngstown-based company was sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating the Clean Water Act by dumping fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River, […]

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 […]

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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Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

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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 […]