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Fracking Company Antero Pays $3.15M to Settle West Virginia Water Pollution Allegations

Antero Resources Corporation agreed to pay the U.S. government and state of West Virginia $3.15 million for violations of the Clean Water Act that allegedly polluted the environment in 32 locations across northern West Virginia. The settlement underscores some of the environmental hazards that the fracking industry is unleashing on public lands. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Antero illegally disposed of dredged and fill materials used in the fracking process into U.S. waters or near sites where the company had constructed well pads, compressor stations, impoundments, pipeline crossings, access roads, and other structures associated with its hydraulic fracturing ... Read More

Benzene Levels in Colorado Boy’s Blood Trigger Fracking Safety Debate

A Colorado mother whose son has dangerously high levels of cancer-causing benzene in his blood says that she believes the nearby fracking wells are to blame. Elizabeth Ewaskowitz, who holds a doctorate of pharmacology and neuroscience from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, had her 6-year-old son tested for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in his blood because they reside within a mile of 158 fracking wells. The results showed that the boy was in the 85th percentile for benzene and 72nd percentile for ethylbenzene. Chronic exposures to both the VOCs are known to cause birth defects, blood ... Read More

XTO Energy Fracking Well Explosion Forces Evacuation of Ohio Community

A natural gas explosion at an XTO Energy fracking site in eastern Ohio Thursday, Feb. 15, forced the evacuation of about 100 residents within a one-mile radius of the blast. According to The Intelligencer, a spokesperson for ExxonMobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. described the well explosion as a “loss of control” that resulted in a combination of methane gas and brine water, which is used in subterranean hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from underground natural deposits. “Steve Irwin, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman, said the combination of methane and brine flowing out of the well in an ... Read More

The Real Victims of Fracking Pollution are Children, Researchers Say

Researchers have analyzed U.S. fracking sites, suggesting that pollution from the controversial process could affect neurodevelopment of babies and children. Extracting shale gas through the process of fracking, a method of drilling using highly pressurized fluids, could be releasing dangerous pollutants that pose a health risk to infants and children. Other countries such as France, Ireland, and Germany have banned fracking over environmental concerns. In the U.S., however, the practice is growing rapidly. According to The Guardian, the research team focused their efforts on five major clusters of pollutants, including heavy metals, hormone-disrupting chemicals and particulates. The negative effects of the ... Read More

First Fracking Permit Signed in Illinois

Environmentalists lost a four-year fight when Illinois regulators signed the first fracking permit to Woolsey Operating Company on Aug. 31, 2017, reports The Pointer. Fracking, a drilling method in which drilling penetrates a mile into the earth, then turns to drill horizontally for several more, is controversial to many because of the toxins released into the ground during the process. The drilling spot, referred to as a well, is pressurized with a mixture of water, sand and other chemicals until small cracks form in the underground stone. After the well is set up, oil or gas is extracted, particularly methane, which is ... Read More

Effects of Fracking and Benzene Tracked in Documentary

A 2016 documentary called “Dear President Obama, The Clean Energy Revolution is Now” examines how fracking, a horizontal method of drilling for oil that involves extremely high water pressure, is hazardous to people and the environment. According to the film’s official website, its creators hope to convince national leaders to “focus on clean energy solutions that would allow us to proceed towards a future that does not rely on yet another dirty fossil fuel extraction process.” The documentary notes that during Obama’s eight-year presidency, fracking grew as the most the popular, and controversial, way to drill for oil on American soil. But ... Read More

How Does Fracking Threaten Health, Environment?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as it’s more commonly known, is the process of extracting oil and gas from subterranean layers of bedrock by forcing open fissures with liquid at high pressure. Fracking has become a major form of energy extraction in recent years and affects about one-third of the land in the lower 48 states. Just three states – Maryland, New York and Vermont – have banned fracking. Although fracking is widespread and its existence is well known, many people are not aware of the dangers this form of oil and gas extraction pose. Food & Water Watch, a national ... Read More

Feds Keep Order Barring Pipeline Construction After Ohio Spill

Federal energy regulators refused to lift a May 10 order barring Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) from resuming construction on parts of its $4.2 billion Rover pipeline in Ohio until the company addresses recent spills that released millions of gallons of toxic drilling fluids into environmentally sensitive areas. Energy Transfer Partners, the corporation that is building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on May 25 to alter the order prohibiting it from performing further horizontal directional drilling in certain parts of the pipeline’s path. According to Law 360, ETP argued that the stall escalated the ... Read More

Dakota Access Pipeline Builder Under Fire In Ohio Over Drilling Disasters

A 2-million-gallon spill of drilling fluids was discovered in the wetlands of the Tuscarawas River near Navarre, Ohio, April 13, adding to other serious environmental disasters Energy Transfer Partners LP has triggered in its construction of a new $4.2-billion natural gas pipeline, which has been underway less than a month. According to a recent filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Energy Transfer also spilled 50,000 gallons of drilling pollutants into the wetlands near Columbus, Ohio, during the Rover pipeline installation. Both of the spills occurred while Energy Transfer was drilling horizontally underground for the pipeline placement. In the ... Read More

Scientists Link Fracking to Injured Texas Family’s Exploding Well

A Texas family who was severely burned when methane gas rushed up their water well and exploded in a fireball has reportedly gathered strong evidence that the blast was the direct result of nearby fracking operations. The Murray family of Palo Pinto County, Texas, commissioned four top scientists to analyze their well water after the 2014 explosion that severely burned Cody Murray, his father, and his young daughter, who was 30 feet away at the time. The fracking industry has steadily maintained there are no provable cases of underground water contamination resulting from hydraulic fracturing operations (commonly known as fracking) ... Read More