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  • 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 ...

  • Chemical composition of fracking wastewater

    Wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, has been chemically analysed in the most comprehensive study of its kind to date. The researchers found that produced water from three US fracking sites contained a diverse array of chemicals including toxic metals such as mercury and the carcinogens toluene and ethylbenzene. However, a group of harmful chemicals, ...

  • Fracking water quality concerns

    The extraction of natural gas from deep shale formation requires the use of hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking', which involves injecting water and chemicals to rupture deep shale. A predicted boom in Michigan has raised public concerns about water supply, use and contamination. A new natural gas exploration and production boom could be starting in Michigan in the wake of a surprisingly ...

  • Spirit of cooperation frays in fracking debate

    After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model for other states and a rare example of political foes finding common ground on a complex issue. But six months after the regulations were signed into law, the ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • Oklahoma is Latest State to prevent Local Fracking Bans

    Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing - a process commonly called fracking - or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin. Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from ...


    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

  • 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

  • Wyoming high court remands fracking secrets case

    A Wyoming Supreme Court ruling Wednesday will give environmentalists another chance to argue in favor of public disclosure of the ingredients in the chemical products used in hydraulic fracturing in the state. The high court sent their case back to a lower court on a technicality, but noted that Wyoming didn't offer enough evidence that the state oil and gas supervisor was correct to withhold the ...


    By Associated Press

  • States Confront Worries About Fracking, Quakes

    Earthquakes used to be almost unheard of on the vast stretches of prairie that unfold across Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. But in recent years, temblors have become commonplace. Oklahoma recorded nearly 150 of them between January and the start of May. Most were too weak to cause serious damage or endanger lives. Yet they've rattled nerves and raised suspicions that the shaking might be ...


    By Associated Press

  • UK Parliament backs fracking below national parks

    The British Parliament has approved proposals that would allow fracking for shale gas below national parks, world heritage sites and other designated areas of natural beauty. The measure, which is opposed by environmental groups, was endorsed Wednesday by 298 votes to 261 and paves the way to more extensive fracking three-fourths of a mile below parks. The fracking process involves pumping huge ...


    By Associated Press

  • Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

    A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit. The oil and gas industry has said the fracking chemicals are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but ...


    By Associated Press

  • Feds approve more fracking off California coast

    The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts. The work in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a 1969 oil platform blowout, has not yet begun and it was not immediately clear when it would. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • Illinois must adopt `fracking` rules, hire experts

    High-volume oil and gas extraction probably won't begin in earnest in Illinois until next year because the state must first adopt rules and hire dozens of new employees to help regulate an industry eagerly pushing into new territory. Gov. Pat Quinn promised a quick signature on a measure the Legislature approved last week that would impose the nation's strictest regulations on hydraulic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. A rule to take effect in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil companies frack in coastal waters off Calif.

    Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review. While debate has raged over fracking on land, prompting efforts to ban or severely restrict it, offshore ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Texas town voting on fracking ban

    Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing. The referendum is on Tuesday's ballot in Denton, which is about 40 miles north of Dallas. Though ...


    By Associated Press

  • Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

    A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens' decision earlier this month prevents the Mining and Energy Commission from approving drilling units for hydraulic fracturing until the state ...


    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

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