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Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP
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Drillers to submit electronic records on fracking chemicals to Pa. DEP

HARRISBURG, PA — “Pennsylvania will require shale gas companies to disclose electronically the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing in a new state-run database by next summer. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley said the department will end its partnership with FracFocus, an independent online catalog of fracking records, […]

Report: Chemical hazards in your backyard
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Report: Chemical hazards in your backyard

Do your first responders have the information they need in an emergency? WEST, TX — “Now more than two years after the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, this report asks the question that haunted the community in the aftermath of the tragedy: why didn’t the people who arrived to help […]

Letter to the Editor: State must address inadequate reporting rules for oil and gas operations
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Letter to the Editor: State must address inadequate reporting rules for oil and gas operations

DOYLESTOWN — “As Ohio’s legislature grinds through another budget cycle, I’d like to note a small opportunity the budget affords for much needed change. Buried in the 2,783-page document is a proposal to allow the Department of Natural Resources to accept information about hazardous chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing, instead […]

EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30
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EPA to decide on public reporting of oil and gas toxic chemicals by October 30

Environmental groups stay their lawsuit against EPA over exemption for oil and gas from reporting to federal Toxics Release Inventory WASHINGTON, DC — “A federal court has entered a stay in a lawsuit that environmental organizations filed against Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s failure to require the oil and […]

Much of West, Texas looked like a post-apocalyptic wasteland after the fertilizer explosion two years ago. But steps to prevent further disasters aren't being taken.
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Two years after West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, are workers any safer? New report says no

WEST, TX — “In a report released this week, the Center for Effective Government, a non-partisan government watchdog, examined emergency response planning and reporting on chemicals required of plants like West Fertilizer under the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)—enacted in response to the 1984 release of deadly methylisocyanate gas […]

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 […]