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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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Tell the EPA: Require Disclosure of Dangerous Fracking Chemicals

Posted September 15, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This Thursday, September 18th, is the last day to submit comments to the EPA on whether it should develop long-overdue nationwide rules to require disclosure of chemicals used in fracking, along with the environmental and health risks those chemicals pose. ...continued

Louisiana: auditor finds state not effectively regulating oil and gas wells

Posted September 15, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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I recently blogged about an investigation by the Pennsylvania Auditor General which found that the state's Department of Environmental Protection is "unprepared to effectively administer laws and regulations to protect drinking water and unable to efficiently respond to citizen complaints."...continued

Cry me a polluted river: industry complains the revised Illinois fracking regulations are too clear about public protections

Posted September 15, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Well that was inevitable.  Now that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has fixed some of the grossest deficiencies in the proposed fracking rules, the ones that gutted the statute’s protections, industry is not happy at all.   They are complaining...continued

VIDEOS: How Fracking is Affecting Real Californians' Lives

Posted September 10, 2014 by Damon Nagami in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Fracking and other risky oil extraction techniques are a hot topic around the state, as the industry pushes for expansion from NorCal to SoCal. As more and more Californians express concern over these heavy industrial processes moving into their communities,...continued

California Well Stimulation Report Finds Data Lacking, Risks Broad

Posted September 5, 2014 by Briana Mordick in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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A report on the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, and other well stimulation technologies (WST) in California found that the data available to perform such an analysis is “very limited” and the potential impacts of stimulation-enabled production may be...continued

PA Citizens Take Action into Their Own Hands as DEP Finally Comes Clean

Posted September 4, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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It only took five years, but the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) finally released a list of all the confirmed cases where “DEP determined that a private water supply was impacted by oil and gas activities.”  In total, drilling...continued

Revised Illinois fracking rule: meticulous IDNR response closes some loopholes but warns that fracking is still risky

Posted September 4, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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It’s been quite a while since the tumultuous public comment period on the first draft of Illinois’ fracking rules that ended in January, in which a record number of commenters criticized the draft’s multiple glaring inadequacies.  We have heard little...continued

Pennsylvania discloses more drinking water contamination caused by the oil and gas industry

Posted September 3, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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In July I blogged about a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigation that uncovered 209 cases where the oil and gas industry contaminated Pennsylvania private water supplies between 2008 and 2014. That number was based on an "early version" of a spreadsheet compiled by state regulators and provided to the Post-Gazette in...continued

Report finds illegal use of diesel in fracking fluid, highlights problems with FracFocus

Posted August 22, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) released a report which found that companies had disclosed using diesel fuel in fracking in 12 states.  The use of diesel fuel as a component of fracking fluid is illegal without a permit under...continued

Pennsylvania: yet another report on dangerous environmental and health impacts in the frack patch

Posted August 15, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Exactly three years ago, I blogged about Pam Judy in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. Pam's family experienced severe health symptoms after a compressor station was built on her neighbor's property, including nose bleeds, vertigo, mouth blisters, extreme headaches, fatigues, vomiting, and emergency room visits. Air...continued

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