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Scientists are getting to the bottom of what's in fracking fluids — with some troubling results. Credit: Doug Duncan/U.S. Geological Survey
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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 […]

A worker makes his way through the Dover Chemical Corp. plant as operations resumed following a May 2012 vapor release, that temporarily closed the plant.
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Dover Chemical incident raises concern over EPA reporting policy

DOVER — “The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency relies on private companies to report their own spills and chemical releases. One recent example: Dover Chemical Co.’s July 16 report that 58 gallons of two toxic chemicals, both labeled by the U.S. EPA as a probable human carcinogen, were among the liquids […]

Kasich joins push to give fracking ingredients to first responders
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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 […]

An oil and natural gas well that was involved in a huge fire June 28 in Monroe County.
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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 […]

Wreckage from the explosion and fire at the Eisenbarth well in Monroe County - Monroe County EMA
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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 […]

Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill
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Halliburton delayed releasing details on fracking chemicals after Monroe County spill

COLUMBUS — “A fracking company made federal and state agencies that oversee drinking-water safety wait days before it shared a list of toxic chemicals that spilled from a drilling site into a tributary of the Ohio River. Although the spill following a fire on June 28 at the Statoil North […]

With its proximity to residences, one of the largest concerns around hydraulic fracturing has been human and animal exposure to chemicals used in the process, but a lack of legal requirements have limited the ability of the public to access this information. Photo: Trudy E Bell
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Fracking, chemicals, and our health: EPA considers a hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure rule

WASHINGTON, DC — “From their start, many hydraulic fracturing operators have faced criticism from the public, policy makers, and the scientific community for their handling of chemical disclosure (and lack thereof). A 2012 petition to the EPA from the Environmental Integrity Project and 16 other groups said it best. There […]

Each fracking site needs list of chemicals
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Each fracking site needs list of chemicals

COLUMBUS — “If it hadn’t been for residents’ efforts, the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency might not have had even the meager list of chemicals it had when 16 fracking trucks caught fire on June 29 (“State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled creek,” Dispatch article, July 1). Until September 2013, […]

Tank cars carrying Bakken crude oil exploded in Lynchburg, Va., in April. The government now requires railroads to tell states when such tanks are passing through.
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Ohio keeps oil hauls by rail a secret

COLUMBUS — “State officials won’t release records detailing when railroads ship Bakken crude oil through Ohio. Federal regulators have warned that oil extracted from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota might be more flammable than traditional heavy crude. Derailments and explosions of trains carrying Bakken crude spurred a federal […]

Hazmat spills on the rise in Ohio
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Hazmat spills on the rise in Ohio

CINCINNATI — “Ohio leads the country in hazardous material transportation accidents, according to a four-month Enquirer investigation. Indiana and Kentucky also are in the top 12 states for hazmat spills. More than a quarter of Ohio’s overall incidents occurred in Greater Cincinnati. Our area experienced a hazmat spill every day […]