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  • 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 ...

  • Residents Call for Testing Fracking Wastewater for Radioactive Elements

    Last month, CBC News reported that residents of Windsor, Nova Scotia were concerned over fracking wastewater that may contain radioactive elements.  According to the article, between March of 2010 and August of 2011, seven million liters of the wastewater went through the Canadian town’s sewage treatment plant before entering Minas Basin. The ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Fracking Boom Threatens US Water Supplies

    Since the onset of the fracking boom almost a decade ago, every state in the US has been examining its geological resources in the hope of finding oil or gas it can access through this extraction method. Almost half the states are now producing at least some shale gas, with a few – Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, North Dakota – sitting on massive ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA to require Southern California offshore fracking reports

    Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the Federal Register, and it will become effective ...


    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

  • 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

  • OriginOil Launches CLEAN-FRAC PRIME For Standalone Frack Water Treatment

    OriginOil Inc. (OTC/QB: OOIL), developer of Electro Water Separation™ (EWS), the high-speed, primarily chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, announced today the launch of CLEAN-FRAC™ PRIME, a standalone product designed to provide core water treatment for frac flowback and produced water applications in the oil and gas industry. The launch followed ...


    By OriginClear Inc.

  • Noise Pollution Fears Raised at Fracking Planning Meeting

    Fears of noise pollution, water contamination and even potential earthquakes were all aired at a contentious 2-day hearing this week. Would councillors eventually approved fracking to take place in North Yorkshire? Tests for shale gas can now take place in the village of Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, after councillors in a majority vote (7-4) gave the ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn`t taint water

    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the ...


    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  ...

  • 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

  • Laboratory study cuts fracking waste`s radioactivity

    Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations. The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. The water is tainted with chemicals, toxins and in some parts of the country - ...


    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

  • Fracking bill clears Illinois General Assembly

    In the waning hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s 2013 session, legislators passed a bill that would impose new regulations on high volume hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) in the state. The Natural Resources Defense Council continues to support a fracking moratorium. The bill, however, provides several important protections that residents would not otherwise have in the ...

  • Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking

    Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too. For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than ...


    By Associated Press

  • California Poll: Overwhelming majority want protection from fracking

    A new poll of key California State Assembly districts found that the overwhelming majority of respondents are concerned about fracking, want protections from threats to their air and water, and believe oil and gas companies should be held to a higher standard of accountability than they currently are, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Californians are paying attention to ...

  • Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure

    Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

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