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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

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

Pawnee Tribe Sues Oil Companies In Tribal Court For Earthquake Damage

The Pawnee Nation filed a lawsuit in its tribal court March 3, accusing several oil companies actively drilling in Oklahoma of causing that state’s largest-ever recorded earthquake and damaging historical tribal buildings that are nearly a century old. The lawsuit represents the 3,200-member Pawnee tribe in north-central Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the oil companies named as defendants triggered the earthquake by injecting wastewater into wells and destabilizing subterranean layers of bedrock and faults, causing the earth to shift. The complaint is the first earthquake-related litigation to be heard in a tribal court. If it goes to trial, it will ... Read More

BP Pipeline Spill Releases Contaminated Wastewater into Colorado Creek

A BP pipeline hauling wastewater from methane gas wells to a treatment facility was discovered to be ruptured Dec. 13, after it spilled thousands of gallons of contaminated “produced water” into a creek carrying snowmelt to the Los Pinos River near the southwestern Colorado town of Bayfield. The ruptured six-inch fiberglass pipe was found on National Forest Service land on the morning of Dec. 13. BP could not say how long the wastewater had been spilling from the pipe or how much escaped. The chemical composition of the wastewater is also unknown at the time. Produced water is a byproduct ... Read More

Wastewater Irrigation Practices Draw Closer Scrutiny From California Regulators

California regulators said they will re-examine potential safety threats of irrigating food crops with treated wastewater from oil and gas production, a practice that has become widespread in Kern County and other parts of the state over the last 30 years. Four oil companies operating in California currently deliver their oil field wastewater to four irrigation districts in the state, where it is treated and used to water crops. Although no studies to date have found that this recycling practice poses a health threat, officials at the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board say they are open to rethinking ... Read More

Oklahoma Considers More Oil and Gas Restrictions After Another Earthquake

Oklahoma regulators say they will take another look at restricting oil and gas extraction within the state in the wake of a 4.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked the northern part of the state and southern Kansas Nov. 1. Tuesday’s earthquake caused little damage, but it was the latest in a series of earthquakes to shake the state. Seismic activity is normally rare in Oklahoma. In 2005, there were just three quakes with a magnitude of 2.5 or higher in the state. In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded 2,500 magnitude 2.5 or higher earthquakes – an alarming increase that parallels ... Read More

Oil Pipeline Breaks At Nation’s Largest Oil Hub In Oklahoma

A major pipeline break in the country’s largest oil hub has released up to 50,000 barrels of crude oil in Cushing, Okla., further stoking fears about aging pipelines, environmental disasters, and disruptions in the nation’s oil supply. Enterprise Products Partners, which co-owns the Seaway Crude Pipeline Co. with partner Enbridge Inc., told the press that the companies cannot say at this point when the pipeline will be operational again. The pipeline break in Cushing, about 70 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, released thousands of barrels of crude onto the land and in a retention pond at an Enbridge facility. The ... Read More

Researchers work to determine if Fracking Could Be Contaminating South Texas Water Wells

An environmental study published earlier this month in the journal Science of the Total Environment found dozens of water wells in South Texas are contaminated with toxic compounds associated with oil and gas extraction and production. In the study, scientists from Dallas-based Inform Environmental, the University of Texas at Arlington, Tarleton State, the University of North Texas, and Ohio State took samples from 77 private water wells in the Eagle Ford Shale oil field spanning six South Texas counties. The researchers found signs of dissolved gas present in the water, abnormal chloride/bromide ratios indicative of contamination, and volatile organic compounds ... Read More

Pennsylvania natural gas well suspended amid safety concerns

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) have taken emergency action to suspend natural gas drilling operations at the Marcellus Shale Wells near Pittsburgh. A June 3 gas well blowout caused polluted drilling water to spew 75 feet in the air, triggering the evacuation of state park visitors and nearby residents. Government regulators have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of the Marcellus Shale operations since the blowout, which occurred when well operator EOG Resources and contractor C.C. Forbes LLC were performing post-fracturing cleanout activities. The state fined EOG $353,400 ... Read More

Pennsylvania natural gas well suspended amid safety concerns

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Senate Committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) have taken emergency action to suspend natural gas drilling operations at the Marcellus Shale Wells near Pittsburgh. A June 3 gas well blowout caused polluted drilling water to spew 75 feet in the air, triggering the evacuation of state park visitors and nearby residents. Government regulators have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of the Marcellus Shale operations since the blowout, which occurred when well operator EOG Resources and contractor C.C. Forbes LLC were performing post-fracturing cleanout activities. The state fined EOG $353,400 and ... Read More