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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 […]

This fire at a fracking well site in Monroe County is intensifying efforts by some to update Ohio's chemical disclosure laws. Photo courtesy of the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency.
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Fracking fire intensifies push to change Ohio chemical disclosure laws

WOODSFIELD — “Environmentalists say the recent fire at a hydraulic fracturing well in southeastern Ohio highlights the flaws in state and federal disclosure laws for chemicals used in ‘fracking.’ The fire at the Monroe County well site on June 28 spread to 20 nearby trucks on the drilling pad, and required […]

Aftermath of the Esienbarth well fire in Monroe County. Credit: Monroe County EMA
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Are fracking chemicals from Monroe County fire and spill headed toward the Ohio River?

CINCINNATI —Saturday’s fire at a Monroe County frack well site underscores the need for better oil and gas emergency planning and fracking chemical disclosure. Volunteer firefighters from 6 counties in Ohio and West Virginia doused the fire, which spread to 20 trucks, including 4 containing fracking chemicals, in a battle […]

Glitch sparks smoky fire at gas well
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Glitch sparks smoky fire at gas well

MONROE CO — “A Monroe County shale-well site still was smoldering last night, and some residents were sheltered at a nearby high school, after an explosive fire yesterday morning. Officials said yesterday that the fire at the Eisenbarth well pad was caused by a mechanical malfunction in hydraulic tubing and […]

Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
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Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling

HARRISBURG, PA — “Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. ‘We were absolutely not allowed […]