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EPA rule will allow more climate-damaging methane into the environment

It is bad enough for the environment – and especially human health – that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Trump administration is allowing new uses of cancer-causing asbestos whereas 60 other countries around the globe have banned the mineral due to its toxicity to humans. Now the agency – under the same Trump regime – is proposing to ease Obama-era requirements for oil and gas companies regarding the monitoring and repairing of methane leaks, the New York Times reports. Methane is among the most powerful greenhouse gases. It damages the climate when it is released during natural gas ... Read More

Shale-Gas Producer Determined to Improve Gas Leak Issues

Ryan Klemish, an employee of Southwestern Energy, the nation’s third largest gas producer, told The Inquirer/Philly.com he is determined to improve the issue of gas leaks at shale production facilities by using a camera that can detect the invisible plumes. Starting with Southwestern Energy’s Marcellus Shale production facilities, with hopes to expand further, Klemish moves around areas such as gas compressor stations armed with an $85,000 infrared camera, aiming it at flanges, valves and connectors searching for hidden leaks, Philly.com reports. “If there’s a leak, a big one, you usually know it because you can hear it,” Klemish told the news outlet. But ... Read More

Appeals Court Derails EPA Plan to Stall Methane Emissions Rule

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt exceeded his authority in trying to delay the implementation of a rule requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the level of methane pollution their operations release. After reviewing objections lodged by a coalition of environmental groups, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that the EPA did not have the authority to halt the rule from taking effect. Mr. Pruitt, already widely criticized for being in the pocket of big oil and gas companies during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General, said in April that he planned ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... 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

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

Porter Ranch Residents Want Utility Facility Permanently Shut Down After Another Gas Leak Is Discovered

The residents of Porter Ranch, Calif., experienced firsthand the “worst gas leak in U.S. history” earlier this year when Southern California Gas Company (SoCal Gas)’s Aliso Canyon operation began leaking volumes of methane gas starting October 2015 and continuing until February of 2016. The gas rupture forced at least 8,000 residents from their homes for months. After finally returning home, residents complained of headaches, nosebleeds and nausea from the gas fumes. The company was going through the process of reopening the facility when a new gas leak was reported this weekend. Porter Ranch residents are now pleading to have the facility permanently shut down. ... Read More

Giant Methane Hotspot Over Four Corners Attributed To Oil and Gas Industry

A giant methane hotspot looming over the Four Corners area of the Southwest put the oil and gas industry on the defensive when NASA first reported on it two years ago, even though the source was undetermined then. According to Earthworks staff member Pete Dronkers, the big oil and gas polluters immediately started pointing fingers at landfills and claiming that natural seeps were responsible for the all the methane. But last week, NASA followed up its original report with another one specifically identifying 250 spots where all the methane is coming from. Those sources include gas well pads, storage tanks, ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More