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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, […]

University of Pittsburgh study finds link between air toxics and childhood autism
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University of Pittsburgh study finds link between air toxics and childhood autism

PITTSBURGH, PA — “A University of Pittsburgh study has found links between childhood autism spectrum disorder and exposure to higher levels of certain air toxins during pregnancy and the first two years of life. Researchers at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health discovered links between increased levels of chromium and styrene […]

Radioactive chemicals discharged into Cuyahoga River
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Radioactive chemicals discharged into Cuyahoga River

CLEVELAND — “Channel 3 News has learned exclusively that toxic and radioactive chemicals are being discharged into the Cuyahoga River through a storm sewer and making their way out to Lake Erie. ‘They’re poisoning the river. It’s as simple as that,’ said Jane Goodman,the executive director of the Cuyahoga River […]

Firefighters at risk when drilling goes wrong
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Firefighters at risk when drilling goes wrong

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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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Advocacy group pushes Ohio officials for more disclosure of fracking chemicals

COLUMBUS — “An environmental and consumer advocacy group wants lawmakers and Gov. John Kasich to change state law to require more disclosure of chemicals used in horizontal hydraulic fracturing. The Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund cited a well fire in Monroe County earlier this year as evidence for increased disclosure, […]

The Eisenbarth well fire: Ohio fails in a fracking emergency
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The Eisenbarth well fire: Ohio fails in a fracking emergency

CLEVELAND — “Danger lurks throughout the fracking process, specifically danger of chemical exposure. Current laws and enforcement fail to prepare first responders for emergency situations where human life and environmental damage depends on responders’ knowledge of what they’re dealing with. The U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, and Ohio Department of Natural […]

Radiation monitors like this one at the McKean landfill in Pennsylvania generally won’t register radiation from alpha particles that can be contained in waste from fracked wells, note critics. Photo by Kathiann M. Kowalski.
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Ohio fracking waste issues go beyond chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — “The GAO report released last week reviewed fluid waste disposal programs for eight states with large shale oil and gas operations and substantial numbers of underground injection wells. Besides Ohio, the study included California, Colorado, Kentucky, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ohio was the only one of […]

Charred trucks and eqiupment remain on the scene of the chemical fire on June 28 at the StatOil North America wellpad.
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Fracking fire points out failings

CLARINGTON — “When firefighters got to the StatOil fire on June 28, a company employee told them the papers listing the chemicals that were on the well pad that day were inside a trailer. The trailer was on fire. A list of the chemicals had to be brought in from […]

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 […]