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  • 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, ...

  • Frack wastewater treatment

    Natural gas producers and public water companies in the US race to meet the 19th May deadline, when they will no longer be able to release contaminated hydrofracking water into the state’s rivers. Altela has developed a technology, validated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the US Department of Energy (US DOE), which meets the new regulations for clean ...

  • 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 ...

  • Study identifies more than 6,000 spills at oil and gas fracking sites

    Hydraulic fracturing techniques have resulted in thousands of spills in four states over a 10-year period, a new study finds. Researchers at Duke University say they have identified at least 6,648 fracking-related spills in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and North Dakota between 2005 and 2014.  North Dakota was home to at least 4,453 incidents, or 67 percent of the spills that were ...

  • Fracking boom to be led by Australia and China

    Australia could be set to become the next major player in the global market for shale gas, according to the findings of a new study. Entitled 'Uncovering Further Opportunities in the Booming Frac Market', the report from Lux Research place China and Argentina close behind. It was suggested that nations all over the world with estimated reserves of 1.7tn boe are all hoping to emulate the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Nearly half of U.S. Fracking sites overlap with water-stressed regions

    A new report from CERES draws a connection between water risk and hydraulic fracturing in the United States. The report adds an important dimension to the conversation about how energy use and water stress will play out in the years ahead. The ...

  • 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 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

  • Fracking activist wants back on driller`s land

    A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers. Vera Scroggins ...


    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

  • 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

  • Nation’s Most Comprehensive Fracking Regulations Introduced in Illinois

    Yesterday in Springfield, IEC and many of our lead affiliate organizations, Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Faith in Place signed on to support  ...

  • 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

  • Fracking Is About to Re-Start in Lancashire, England

    It was announced today that mining for shale gas in Lancashire has been given the go-ahead by the British Government following the ban imposed earlier this year. The unbiased view of the risks of hydraulic fracturing and mining for shale gas are discussed in a White Paper launched in November by leading global risk consultancy, Control Risks: T-shirts bearing ...


    By Marketwire

  • Fracking: leaking wells cause gas-contaminated groundwater

    Contamination of drinking water in areas close to several fracking sites in the Marcellus and Barnett Shales, USA, is caused by structural problems leading to wells leaking natural gas into aquifers, a new study suggests. The researchers measured trace amounts of chemicals, called noble gases, which formed signatures of the sources of gas contamination in over 130 samples. These findings suggest ...

  • Fracking tax relief to spark a `dash for gas` in the UK

    Chancellor George Osborne has promised to boost the shale gas industry within the UK through implementation of tax reliefs for businesses. Mr Osbourne announced that “shale gas is part of the future and we will make it happen”. It is believed that the tax reliefs will act as a barrier breaker for many UK businesses wishing to enter or further develop in the world of Hydraulic ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • 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

  • 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

  • Coast Guard wants barges to ship fracking water

    The U.S. Coast Guard wants to allow barges filled with fracking wastewater to ply the nation's rivers on their way toward disposal. Many environmentalists are horrified, but industry groups say barge transport has its advantages. Now, the wastewater is usually disposed of by truck or rail, which poses more risk for accidents than shipping by barge, according to a government report. And one ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation's strictest. A state investigation of five small tremors last month in the Youngstown area, in the Appalachian foothills, found the injection of sand and water ...


    By Associated Press

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