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EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking
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EPA: Nearly 700 chemicals used in fracking

WASHINGTON, DC — “The Environment Protection Agency on Friday released a new analysis that concludes almost 700 chemical additives are used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas. Ninety-eight percent of the fluid injected into wells is water mixed with sand, which is used to keep fractures open so […]

Charred trucks and equipment at the scene of the June 28 chemical fire at the StatOil North America well pad. Adam Cairns, Columbus Dispatch
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Some fighting state proposal on disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “Eric Heis, a Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the department will do that. Heis said more chemical information would be reported, and that chemical information would be available more quickly, if this language passes. ‘We’re pushing for more disclosure,’ Heis said. “We want to make it better, […]

A natural gas drilling rig stands next to a house in a field west of Rifle, Colorado, U.S., on Dec. 3, 2012. Natural gas futures declined in New York before a weekly government report that may show a seasonal stockpile decline. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Colorado oil and gas task force weighs disclosure of fracking chemicals

DENVER, CO — “Gov. John Hickenlooper’s task force on oil and gas discussed proposals Monday that would force energy companies to disclose all the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing and give local governments more of a say on where wells can be drilled. The task force is winnowing down […]

A semi from Pennsylvania unloads wastewater at the Devco No. 1 injection well near Cambridge, Ohio.
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Environmental groups complain to U.S. EPA about state fracking oversight

COLUMBUS — “Dozens of environmental-advocacy groups are challenging the authority of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to manage and respond to emergencies related to the oil and gas industry. The groups — including ProgressOhio, the Sierra Club and Ohio Citizen Action — sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection […]

Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety
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Ohio Citizen Action to receive award from Alliance for Chemical Safety

Risk Communication Award for group’s work on fracking chemical right-to-know CINCINNATI — The Alliance for Chemical Safety presented Melissa English of Ohio Citizen Action with the 2015 Risk Communication Award. The award is given each year to a company, individual or organization that has excelled in minimizing public exposure to chemical […]

Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals
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Groups sue EPA to force oil, gas industry to disclose toxic chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC — “Nine environmental and open-government groups have sued the U.S. EPA over its refusal to add the oil and gas extraction industry to the Toxics Release Inventory, which would require the disclosure of toxic chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, natural gas processing and other operations. The group, led […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Concerns raised about Ohio chemical disclosure bill
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Concerns raised about Ohio chemical disclosure bill

COLUMBUS — “An Ohio Senate committee is expected to vote soon on a controversial bill about disclosure of chemicals used in oil and gas fracking operations. A provision added to House Bill 490 requires drilling companies to report the substances they use to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. … […]

Bhopal Gas disaster survivors shout slogans as they burn an effigy during a protest rally in Bhopal on December 2, 2014. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
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Bhopal: The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster, 30 Years Later

BHOPAL, INDIA — “Thirty years ago, on the night of December 2, 1984, an accident at the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, released at least 30 tons of a highly toxic gas called methyl isocyanate, as well as a number of other poisonous gases. The pesticide plant was […]