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New report: Fracking companies are exploiting the Halliburton loophole to inject toxic chemicals
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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, […]

An artist's drawing of the European Space Agency's Envisat. The satellite's sophisticated sensors measured the massive methane leaks from shale oil and gas production. Photo courtesy of the European Space Agency.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Researchers find record leaks of methane from oil shale boom areas

BREMEN, GERMANY — “Oil and gas basins in North Dakota and East Texas leaked around 10 percent of natural gas they produced to the atmosphere between 2006 and 2011. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that exacerbates climate change. The leakage rate in the study is […]

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels
Clean Power Plan / Energy

US wind industry booming, already surpassing 2013 levels

WASHINGTON, DC — “The US wind industry is booming, installing more in the first 9 months of 2014 than was installed throughout all of 2013. The figures come from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which predicts 2014 will finish strong and push through to stepped-up installations throughout 2015. ‘The American wind industry […]

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 […]

The US benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of US shale oil production would be uneconomic and drillers would reduce the amount of barrels for domestic output for the first time in four years, a study says. Photo: Greg Newington
Hydraulic Fracturing

Oil at $80 a Barrel Muffles Forecasts for U.S. Shale Boom

NEW YORK, NY — “The bear market in oil has analysts reassessing the U.S. shale boom after five years of historic growth. The U.S. benchmark price dropped to $79.78 a barrel on Oct. 16, the lowest since June 2012. At that level, one-third of U.S. shale oil production would be […]

Acid mine drainage flows through a stream in western Pennsylvania. photo: Nathaniel Warner
Hydraulic Fracturing

New tracers can identify frack fluids in the environment

Scientists develop new geochemical tracers, tested at sites in West Virginia and Pennsylvania ARLINGTON, VA — “Scientists have developed new geochemical tracers that can identify hydraulic fracturing flowback fluids that have been spilled or released into the environment. The tracers have been field-tested at a spill site in West Virginia […]

Elaine Beadle stands in front of an oil field tank battery that has leaked hydrogen sulfide gas near her home in Odessa, Texas. Photo by Mike Lee.
Hydraulic Fracturing

‘That stuff can get you so fast’ — deadly gas on the rise in oil fields

ODESSA, TX — “Elaine Beadle initially thought the odor creeping into her home on this city’s west side was a sewer leak. It started about the time she moved in four years ago — a smell like rotten eggs. Sometimes it got so bad her eyes burned. She soon learned the real […]

An explosion at an oil well near Bolivar, Ohio, in 2012 killed a worker, hurled a tank more than 250 feet and alarmed neighbors. Photo by Brandie Hanley.
Hydraulic Fracturing

SAFETY: The drilling industry’s explosion problem

WASHINGTON, DC — “The oil and gas industry has more deaths from fires and explosions than any other private industry, according to an EnergyWire review of federal labor statistics. It employs less than 1 percent of the U.S. workforce, but in the past five years it has had more than […]

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 […]

AEP says its coal-fired power plants are at risk for closure unless they can guarantee some income.
AEP / Coal / Energy

Businesses call AEP’s price-guarantee request ‘unfair’ and ‘harmful to competitive markets’

COLUMBUS — “A group of 12 big Ohio electricity users says American Electric Power Company Inc.’s proposed coal-plant price guarantee is “unfair to shopping customers and harmful to competitive markets.” Lowe’s Home Improvement (NYSE: LOW), Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M) are among the companies who signed the […]