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Silverio Caggiano, a 31-year veteran of the Youngstown Fire Department.
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First responders, community members and environmental advocates call for fracking chemical disclosure

COLUMBUS — After the Ohio House of Representatives quietly passed House Bill 490 during the lame duck session, the state is poised to go backwards when it comes to protecting communities and first responders. In 2013, after outcry from citizens and the environmental community, the United States EPA reaffirmed that […]

Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future
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Merger gives fracturing disclosures uncertain future

HOUSTON, TX — “Baker Hughes’ much-praised practice of fully disclosing the ingredients in its fracturing fluid faces an uncertain future now that Baker Hughes is poised to merge into larger rival Halliburton. Environmental groups lauded Baker Hughes last month after it announced it would start providing complete lists of all […]

DuPont’s was the only methyl mercaptan release that killed or injured workers in the past five years, according to state and federal data. The gas, however, is among hundreds of dangerous chemicals plants spew across Texas.
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DuPont tragedy one of many toxic gas releases

LA PORTE, TX — “A Saturday morning tragedy introduced Texans to an invisible killer. Methyl mercaptan, a foul-smelling gas, overwhelmed five workers at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte on Nov. 15, killing four – including two brothers – and sending another to the hospital. Such rapid deaths from […]

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 […]