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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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Latest polling results in New York show continued growth in opposition to fracking

Posted July 31, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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In New York’s Southern Tier, the very heart of the Marcellus Shale region where natural gas lies locked in dense rock, new poll results show a strong majority of people are worried about the health and environmental impacts of the...continued

Germany on fracking: "the dangers of this technology are too great"

Posted July 31, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The German federal environment agency just released a report on fracking. I don't speak German, and there is nothing on the agency's English language website yet, but I am going to post some key quotes from articles I have read: "Basically, we believe...continued

"Oil and gas spills surge, two a day, residents often not notified"

Posted July 30, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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The Denver Post headline says it all: "Oil and gas spills surge, two a day, residents often not notified." There have been reports for years about the high number of spills in Colorado. The good news is that Colorado makes...continued

New report: Drinking water at risk from poorly regulated oil and gas waste injection

Posted July 29, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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Yesterday the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an eagerly awaited report on the state of something called the Underground Injection Control program. This program, aka “UIC,” is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water from the underground injection of fluids,...continued

Ohio Fracking Spill Highlights Problems with State Disclosure Laws

Posted July 25, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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After tens of thousands of gallons of fracking chemicals flowed into a creek last month in Ohio, officials with the state and federal environmental protection agencies, who oversee the safety of drinking water, were forced to wait for five days...continued

State's Own Report Shows PA Flunking in Fracking Regulation, but Courts Continue to Keep State Out of Local Zoning

Posted July 23, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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It’s worth stating the obvious: whether it’s the 209 confirmed cases of water pollution from oil and gas drilling the last 7 years, the state’s willful blindness toward certain drinking water testing results related to suspected contamination from fracking, or...continued

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 its 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

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