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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
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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 […]

A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Answers on injection wells, quakes

FORT WORTH, TX — “States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater. Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling […]

Each fracking site needs list of chemicals
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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, […]

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned
Hydraulic Fracturing

Ohio fracking water reuse questioned

COLUMBUS — “Since January, Ohio has approved operating permits for 27 centers that take drilling mud, radioactive rocks and wastewater from fracking wells and store or ‘clean’ it before sending it on to landfills or injection wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has approved every permit — considered temporary […]

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts
Hydraulic Fracturing

Expert: Pa. didn’t address fracking health impacts

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Pennsylvania’s former health secretary says the state has failed to seriously study the potential health impacts of one of the nation’s biggest natural gas drilling booms. Dr. Eli Avila also says the state’s current strategy is a disservice to people and even to the industry itself because […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

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The U.S. EPA is the ultimate authority over injection wells in our country. They conduct an audit of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ injection well program every few years. Unfortunately, their most recent audits heap uncritical, praise on the ODNR’s injection well program, and show no initiative to actually […]

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.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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 […]

Scientist Amy Townsend-Small explains how she tests water wells for methane in Carroll County, Ohio. Credit: Lisa Song, InsideClimate News
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

In rare effort, Ohio scientist to test water before fracking soars

Baseline tests offer a template for other fracking communities worried about how drilling might contaminate groundwater supplies. CARROLL COUNTY — “As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy Townsend-Small began testing private water wells in Carroll County, the epicenter of […]

Holiday protestors target proposed Brookfield injection well
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Holiday protestors target proposed Brookfield injection well

BROOKFIELD TWP — “Instead of waving American flags, protesters gathered on the green in downtown Brookfield to hold up signs. Protesters lined the curb hoping to rally support behind their fight against a proposed injection well off of Route 7, just near McMullen Drive. ‘Last I looked, I see the […]

The USGS has suggested injecting wastewater produced by oil wells back into the earth could be responsible for a "swarm" of earthquakes in Oklahoma. | Getty
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

EARTHQUAKES: ‘Flower Power’ and ‘Deep Throat’ are shaking up Oklahoma City, study says

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — “A handful of oil and gas waste disposal wells with names like ‘Deep Throat’ and ‘Flower Power’ have been linked by seismologists to an increasingly strong earthquake swarm around Oklahoma City. Their peer-reviewed paper, released Thursday and published in the journal Science, finds that wells with […]