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  • Fracking impacts on water, hydro power and climate

    A new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) raises concerns about the impacts of BC's growing shale gas industry. CCPA argues that hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process used to extract unconventional natural gas from shale formations in northeastern BC, will put significant stress on the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Fracking controversy research

    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) uses millions of gallons of water, sand and a chemical cocktail to break up organic-rich shale to release natural gas resources. Due to concerns that chemical leaks could contaminate groundwater, wells and other water resources, fracking is outlawed within some city limits. A University of Cincinnati researcher investigates. Deborah Kittner, a University of ...

  • Frack water spill in blowout

    Chesapeake Energy said it replaced a damaged wellhead and gained control of a Pennsylvania natural gas well which last week suffered a blowout. Thousands of gallons of contaminated frack water spilled from a natural gas well near Canton, a home was destroyed and two residents were injured. The contaminated water got into a nearby stream before crews could stop the leak. Seven families were ...

  • EHS This Week: NIOSH Firefighter Study, Air Quality Impacts on Fracking and More!

    On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news: NIOSH Study Confirms Firefighters’ Higher Caner Risk Study Finds Young Workers Unlikely to Report Minor Injuries New Study Examines Air Quality Impacts on Fracking Wells Listen to the full podcast ...


    By Intelex Technologies Inc.

  • Shale gas: independent planning is key to reducing environmental impacts of fracking

    Funding for scientists, planners and inspectors should be available before any shale gas development begins, a new review recommends. As revenue for such staff is often provided by the development itself, planning, which is vital to provide immediate environmental protection as well as monitoring long-term impacts, is neglected. The researchers also advocate the use of ‘adaptive ...

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an ...


    By Associated Press

  • Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

    Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation. Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to ...


    By Associated Press

  • Updated Illinois Fracking Rules: While Improved, They Don’t Make Fracking Safe

    In response to a historic volume of public comments, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources released updates to their highly controversial draft regulations governing fracking in the state today. In their initial read through of the new rules, NRDC experts note a number of critical changes requested by the environmental community have been made, but a deeper analysis of the highly-technical ...

  • Baker Hughes to disclose fracking chemicals

    The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations. Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking. In response, the oil and gas industry set up an online database that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

    The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking health project puts numbers to debate

    A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim. The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has been trying to help people who feel ...


    By Associated Press

  • Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

    One of America's corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking. General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom. "We like the oil and gas base because we see ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA: No Widespread Harm to drinking Water from Fracking

    Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a report that also warned of potential contamination of water supplies if safeguards are not maintained. A draft study issued by the agency found specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells or improper ...


    By Associated Press

  • California lawmakers ask for offshore fracking probe

    A group of state lawmakers has asked the federal government to investigate hydraulic fracturing off the California coast where new oil leases have been banned since a disastrous oil spill in 1969. Fracking has occurred in the Santa Barbara Channel at least 12 times since the late 1990s, and regulators earlier this year approved a new project, according to a recent report by The Associated Press, ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking’s future is in doubt as oil price plummets

    There’s no doubt that US-based fracking – the process through which oil and gas deposits are blasted from shale deposits deep underground – has caused a revolution in worldwide energy supplies. Yet now the alarm bells are ringing about the financial health of the fracking industry, with talk of a mighty monetary bubble bursting − leading to turmoil on the international ...


    By Climate News Network

  • New survey identifies fracking skills shortage in UK

    The Conservative-led coalition government's plans to create a nationwide shale gas industry across the UK could be undermined by a shortage of equipment and skills relevant to the sector. This is according to the findings of a new report carried out by Aberdeen-based jobs board Oil and Gas People, which surveyed more than 10,000 people across the industry. Concerns were raised regarding a serious ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • California finds more instances of offshore fracking

    The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed. In waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach - some of the region's most popular surfing strands and tourist attractions - oil companies have used ...


    By Associated Press

  • US Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) Regulations Handbook2012

    This is the latest report from GlobalData, the industry analysis specialists, and offers comprehensive information on hydraulic fracturing regulations applicable in the US both at the federal and state level. The report provides information on the regulatory bodies supervising hydraulic fracturing operations and laws and acts enacted for the regulation of fracking operations. The report also ...


  • Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

    An accident at a hydraulic fracturing site in northern Colorado killed one worker and seriously injured two othersThursday, authorities said. The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line at the oil or gas well site when it ruptured, Weld County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Standridge said. One man was hit by a stream of water and died from ...


    By Associated Press

  • Just how safe is ‘Fracking’ of natural gas?

    New technologies for freeing natural gas from underground shale formations have led to a hydraulic fracturing boom across the U.S. that is now spreading to other countries. In a Yale Environment 360 forum, eight experts discuss whether "fracking" can be done without serious harm to water and air quality and what environmental safeguards may be ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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