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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

Oil Extraction Sinkholes Threaten to Swallow West Texas Towns

Two West Texas towns are perched on the brink of catastrophe, faced with being swallowed by two expanding sinkholes created by decades of oil and gas extraction, scientists warn. Geophysicists at Southern Methodist University in Dallas say that the two giant sinkholes near the towns of Kermit and Wink, are not only expanding, but the subsidence – the sinking of land from human activity – around the sinkholes is occurring at an alarming rate. This activity could lead to the formation of several new sinkholes or turn into one massive sinkhole that could swallow the towns, which sit about 50-60 ... Read More

Houston Air Pollution Study Finds Toxic Levels of Benzene In Surprising Places

The results of an independent study conducted by a group of environmental scientists who tested air pollution in several areas throughout the Houston, Texas, area uncovered some disturbing results for some residents who live in the vicinity of oil pipelines. Scientists with the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) expected to find benzene and other toxic substances in the air in Houston neighborhoods near oil refineries and other industrial complexes along the Houston Ship Channel, and they did. Pollution there has been documented for years. But the researchers also found high levels of benzene in the air in neighborhoods near oil ... Read More

Louisiana Jury Awards Contractor $750,000 in Whistleblower Retaliation Case

A Baton Rouge jury awarded a whistleblower $750,000 after hearing a retaliation complaint in which the plaintiff alleged he was fired by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in retaliation for reporting an environmentally unsound and corrupt oil and gas project. Dan Collins was contracted by the DNR to provide land research services, which the state requires for environmental and industrial purposes. In the course of his work, Mr. Collins discovered that a lucrative, state-funded oil and gas project that benefited one family in Iberia Parish was being masked as a project to improve water quality. According to the complaint, ... Read More

BP partner says it won't contribute to oil spill cleanup costs

Andarko Petroleum Corp., one of the world’s largest independent oil exploration and production companies, says that it is not going to contribute anything toward the cleanup and containment of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, despite federal law, because it’s all BP’s fault. Andarko is 25 percent partner in BP’s mile-deep Macondo well where the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in April, but the company says that BP is on its own in footing the cleanup bill, which this week topped $2 billion. On Friday, Anadarko Chairman and Chief Executive Jim Hackett said “BP’s behavior and actions ... Read More

Oil spill hearings continue, failures revealed, blame game intensifies

Executives from BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and other corporations tied to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee today trying to explain why their “failproof” systems failed, creating an unprecedented threat to the wildlife, industries and communities along the Gulf Coast. BP’s internal documents, which were marked as “classified,” but declassified today by Congress, revealed that the corporation was dealing with a quagmire of deep-sea technological failures and procedural problems when the offshore oil rig it was leasing from Transocean exploded on April 20. The hearings uncovered evidence that suggested engineers working for the companies failed ... Read More