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Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Contamination

Hydraulic fracturing involves the injecting of fluids -- often containing toxic chemicals -- into oil or gas wells at very high pressure. A loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act exempts hydraulic fracturing from regulation, despite the threat to drinking water supplies. Hydraulic fracturing has been linked to contaminated drinking water in communities around the country.

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Pennsylvania: hundreds of water supplies contaminated while audit finds state unprepared to protect drinking water from fracking

Posted July 22, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that  oil and gas operations have contaminated Pennsylvania water supplies 209 times since the end of 2007. Also in Pennsylvania, the Auditor General issued a report on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and it's performance in monitoring the potential...continued

Halliburton takes 5 days to provide chemical information at Ohio fracking explosion that killed 70,000 fish

Posted July 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Last week I blogged about explosions and a spill at a fracking operation in Ohio. More details are now available, and the reports offer a cautionary tale of all the things that can go wrong on a fracking site. Here are...continued

Latin America Green News: efficiency for Chile's mines, manatees for Costa Rica's symbol, debate in Mexico's Senate, carbon from everyone's tropical forests

Posted July 18, 2014 by Denée Reaves

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. July 12th – July 19th, 2014 Chile The heads of Chile’s major mining companies, representatives from the Mining Council, and the state...continued

Urge the EPA to Require Disclosure of Dangerous Fracking Chemicals!

Posted July 18, 2014 by Amanda Jahshan in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Finally, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering requiring oil and gas companies to disclose the ingredients in the chemical cocktails they use in their fracking operations.   In the face of increased oil and gas development across Montana --...continued

Obama Administration Poised to Rule on Gas Drilling in the George Washington National Forest

Posted July 17, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Any day now, the U.S. Forest Service will release what’s called a “management plan” for the George Washington National Forest.  The plan will include a crucial decision we’re watching very closely: will industrial gas drilling and fracking be allowed in...continued

More spills in the oil and gas industry

Posted July 14, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The oil and gas industry claims it is always working to improve its operations. Where is the proof? To the contrary, the news about spills keeps coming. Last week it was reported that a pipeline carrying oil and gas wastewater...continued

2014 NY State Legislative Environmental Wrap-Up

Posted July 11, 2014 by Richard Schrader in U.S. Law and Policy

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The New York legislative session typically ends with many bills being debated and passed in the last few weeks. But the usual journalistic metaphor of a “flurry of bills” seems, for once, too subdued. From June 3 to June 20,...continued

BLM speeds drilling permits as inspections suffer

Posted July 11, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General (IG) released a report which stated that approval times for drilling permits on public lands are “often very long.”  The oil and gas industry seized on this report, arguing that we...continued

NY High Court's Local Ban Decision is No Basis for Greenlighting Fracking

Posted July 8, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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When the New York State Court of Appeals ruled last week that municipalities have the right to use their zoning codes to ban fracking, my reaction was one of intense relief and celebration. But I immediately became concerned that the...continued

Fracking Victory for NY Communities: High Court Upholds Local Bans

Posted June 30, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Break out the fireworks because it's official.  After several years, a string of victories in the lower courts, and the incredible efforts of countless New Yorkers, the high court of the state, the Court of Appeals, has now made it...continued

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