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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.
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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 […]

After lethal crash, Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic fears return of oil trains
Hydraulic Fracturing

After lethal crash, Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic fears return of oil trains

Town remains dependent on rail, a year after catastrophe LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec— “A year after an oil-train explosion killed 47 people in this small town, residents are waking up to a new reality: The oil trains are probably coming back. That upsets many of the town’s 6,000 residents, who lost family, […]

Rumpke offers township deal to double life and size of landfill, despite underground “reaction”
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Rumpke offers township deal to double life and size of landfill, despite underground “reaction”

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — On July 4th, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees published their intent to meet, consider and take action on a consent decree, negotiated with Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. regarding proposed expansion of the company’s 334 acre flagship landfill in northern Hamilton County. The decree would settle a 2006 […]

Greenpeace activists block Chevron shale site in Romania
Hydraulic Fracturing

Greenpeace activists block Chevron shale site in Romania

PUNGESTI, Romania — “Greenpeace activists chained themselves to the gates of a Chevron shale gas exploration well in eastern Romania on Monday, blocking access to the site and urging the leftist government to ban fracking. Romania could potentially hold 51 trillion cubic feet of shale gas, which would cover domestic […]

The coal ash pond at Duke Energy’s Skyland plant in Asheville. (Photo: Citizen-Times file photo )
Coal / Duke Energy

Duke ordered to test near homes for coal chemicals

ASHEVILLE, NC — “North Carolina’s environmental agency has ordered Duke Energy to install monitoring wells in a residential neighborhood outside Asheville to determine whether toxic chemicals from the company’s coal ash pits are contaminating homeowners’ drinking water. During tests at five homes last fall, traces of thallium were detected in […]

Protesters at an event in May in Naples, Fla., opposed to drilling near the Everglades. State officials say they have found no evidence of groundwater contamination from a type of drilling used nearby known as acidification.
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Florida county goes to court over ‘Acid Fracking’ near Everglades

COLLIER CO, FL — “In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that’s known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking. Acid has long been used in oil drilling operations in Florida to dissolve and loosen the limestone bedrock. […]

Aftermath of the Esienbarth well fire in Monroe County. Credit: Monroe County EMA
Hydraulic Fracturing / Right-to-Know

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 […]

Pipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west
Energy / Hydraulic Fracturing

Pipeline owners want to ship natural gas from Ohio back west

CLARINGTON — “The operators of one of the longest west-to-east-flowing pipelines in the United States want to begin moving natural gas from Ohio back west, a clear signal that shale deposits here are paying off for some companies. The companies have filed an application to reverse the flow with the […]

Two groups charge that Portage County well illegally injected millions of gallons of drilling wastes for years
Hydraulic Fracturing / Injection Wells

Two groups charge that Portage County well illegally injected millions of gallons of drilling wastes for years

PORTAGE CO — “Two groups have filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against an injection well in northern Portage County for allegedly accepting millions of gallons of drilling wastes improperly. Concerned Citizens Ohio and the Virginia-based Center for Health, Environment and Justice contend that the Kovach injection […]

State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled eastern Ohio creek
Hydraulic Fracturing

State agency: Fracking fire likely fouled eastern Ohio creek

MONROE CO — “A fire last weekend at a Monroe County fracking well likely sent contaminants into a nearby creek, killing crayfish, minnows and smallmouth bass as far as 5 miles away from the site, state officials said yesterday. Officials of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said crews fighting […]