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Two New Studies Emphasize the Health Risks of Fracking

Two New Studies Emphasize the Health Risks of Fracking | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Researchers claim the process can be harmful to fertility and cause a host of other medical problems.
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TransCanada Sues the US for Rejecting Keystone XL; Will This Be the New Normal Under TPP?

On Wednesday, TransCanada Corporation filed a lawsuit in US federal court alleging President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the US Constitution. TransCanada also filed legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, claiming the pipeline permit denial was "arbitrary and unjustified." It's seeking $15 billion as part of its NAFTA claim. TransCanada's lawsuit comes just days before President Obama's final State of the Union address, where he's anticipated to tout his controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, deal. The secretive trade pact between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations could govern up to 40 percent of the world's economy. After TransCanada announced its lawsuit on Wednesday, the group Friends of the Earth released a statement saying, "This is why Friends of the Earth opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other trade agreements, which allow companies and investors to challenge sovereign government decisions to protect public health and the environment."
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USGS: New Tool Rates Stream Vulnerability to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

USGS: New Tool Rates Stream Vulnerability to Unconventional Oil and Gas Development | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
On average, streams in the Niobrara-Mowry Play of eastern Wyoming, Fayetteville Play of Arkansas, and Barnett Play of Texas ranked most vulnerable to unconventional oil and gas development, but for different reasons, according to recent U.S. Geological Survey coauthored research.
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Eagle Ford Shale fracking video: Silica sand exposure during hydraulic fracturing

Eagle Ford Shale fracking video: Silica sand exposure during hydraulic fracturing | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
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This video was filmed in Karnes County Texas on August 24, 2015, at 8:42 PM near the intersection of FM 2102 and FM 626. OSHA has issued a warning that silica sand exposure during hydraulic fracturing is a health hazard to workers.
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Drillers Fracking at Much Shallower Depths Than Widely Believed

Drillers Fracking at Much Shallower Depths Than Widely Believed | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
The nation's first survey of fracking well depths shows shallow fracking is more widespread than previously thought, occurring at 16 percent of publicly recorded sites in 27 states, posing a potential threat to underground sources of drinking water.
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Study: Oil and gas waste, enhanced recovery wells linked to quakes

Study: Oil and gas waste, enhanced recovery wells linked to quakes | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Fast pumping of oil and gas industry waste fluids deep underground — at rates exceeding 300,000 barrels a month — is linked to the national surge in earthquakes, according to a study unveiled Thursday.

 

University of Colorado and U.S. Geological Survey researchers found that rapid pumping made quakes 1.5 to 2 times more likely. And the number of quakes near wells is increasing, reaching 650 a year, up from a handful in the 1970s.

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Editorial: Forced pooling amounts to illegal property seizure

Editorial: Forced pooling amounts to illegal property seizure | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

The West Virginia Legislature made the correct decision - barely - in this year's regular session when a bill requiring the forced pooling of natural gas fields failed to win passage. But it's clear that lawmakers will be confronted with the same issue in the 2016 session. Let's hope they can once again resist the intense lobbying pressure that already is building.

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The Charleston Gazette | Robin Blakeman: What does Clay Center teach with exhibit sponsored by driller?

The Charleston Gazette | Robin Blakeman: What does Clay Center teach with exhibit sponsored by driller? | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

 

The new million dollar traveling exhibit, titled “Power your Future” — built with funds from EQT, one of the most extensive unconventional gas drilling (fracking) corporations operating in the state — is nothing more than a propaganda machine. EQT is one of our major out-of-state landlords, owning approximately 3.4 million acres — including about 630,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale play, more than 13,000 productive wells, and 10.7 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas and crude oil reserves, according to their website. While they claim to be a good neighbor in the Doddridge County area, individual reports from residents near their operations often tell a different story.

 

The new million dollar traveling exhibit, titled “Power your Future” — built with funds from EQT, one of the most extensive unconventional gas drilling (fracking) corporations operating in the state — is nothing more than a propaganda machine. EQT is one of our major out-of-state landlords, owning approximately 3.4 million acres — including about 630,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale play, more than 13,000 productive wells, and 10.7 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas and crude oil reserves, according to their website. While they claim to be a good neighbor in the Doddridge County area, individual reports from residents near their operations often tell a different story. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150603/ARTICLE/150609513/1134#sthash.qzEkfUXx.dpufThe new million dollar traveling exhibit, titled “Power your Future” — built with funds from EQT, one of the most extensive unconventional gas drilling (fracking) corporations operating in the state — is nothing more than a propaganda machine. EQT is one of our major out-of-state landlords, owning approximately 3.4 million acres — including about 630,000 acres in the Marcellus Shale play, more than 13,000 productive wells, and 10.7 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas and crude oil reserves, according to their website. While they claim to be a good neighbor in the Doddridge County area, individual reports from residents near their operations often tell a different story. - See more at: http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150603/ARTICLE/150609513/1134#sthash.qzEkfUXx.dpuf
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EPA Confirms that Fracking Poses a Risk to Drinking Water

EPA Confirms that Fracking Poses a Risk to Drinking Water | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the EPA released a study that confirms that fracking poses a risk to drinking water sources. Fracking is inherently dirty and dangerous. In a review of its records, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection found that 234 private drinking water wells had been contaminated by drilling and fracking.
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Exhausting Legal Options, Residents of Texas Town Take Direct Action to Enforce Fracking Ban

Exhausting Legal Options, Residents of Texas Town Take Direct Action to Enforce Fracking Ban | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Denton, Texas, residents are using nonviolent direct action to stop fracking operations after the state rendered the city's ban unenforceable.
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Never Say Never: Maryland Fracking Moratorium Becomes Law

Never Say Never: Maryland Fracking Moratorium Becomes Law | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
A two and a half year fracking moratorium became law in Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill which would prohibit any permits for fracking
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Fracking may affect air quality, human health

Fracking may affect air quality, human health | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the Environmental Protection Agency considers safe for lifetime exposure. Air pollution from fracking operations may pose an under-recognized health hazard to people living near them, the researchers concluded.
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Dimock, PA Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County - NationofChange

Dimock, PA Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County - NationofChange | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
A major class action lawsuit was recently filed in a District Court and pits plaintiffs in Dimock, PA against big oil and gas. This case could be key in determining whether "frackers," who contaminate drinking water, can be held accountable under federal law.
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Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada

Study: Fracking, Not Just Fracking Wastewater Injection, Causing Earthquakes in Western Canada | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking study published today in Seismological Research Letters has demonstrated a link, for the first time, between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) for oil and gas and earthquakes. “Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismicity in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin” confirms the horizontal drilling technique (which in essence creates an underground mini-earthquake to open up fissures for oil and gas extraction) is responsible for earthquakes, above and beyond what is already canonized in the scientific literature. We already knew that injecting fracking waste into underground wells can cause quakes. But now it's not just the injections wells, but the fracking procedure itself that can be linked to seismicity. 
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Utah project frozen, says Eesti Energia CEO

Utah project frozen, says Eesti Energia CEO | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
CEO of state-owned energy giant Eesti Energia, Hando Sutter, said the project in the US state of Utah has been stopped and currently there is no business plan in place to continue.
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Urgent Call to Climate Journalists Around The World: Research Concludes You Are Tragically Failing to Cover Climate Change Issues Through An Ethical and Justice Lens

Urgent Call to Climate Journalists Around The World: Research Concludes You Are Tragically Failing to Cover Climate Change Issues Through An Ethical and Justice Lens | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Research conducted by Widener University Commonwealth Law School and the University of Auckland concludes that national debates about climate change policies and the press coverage of these issues are for the most part ignoring the obvious ethical and moral problems both with how nations are justifying climate change commitments and the arguments of climate change policy opponents at the national level.
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Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C.

Fracking triggered 2014 earthquake in northeastern B.C. | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
Fracking triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake in northeastern B.C. last year, CBC News has learned, making it one of world's largest earthquakes ever triggered by the controversial process.
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Fracking poses a 'significant' risk to humans and wildlife, says a new report

Fracking poses a 'significant' risk to humans and wildlife, says a new report | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
A major new scientific study has concluded that the controversial gas extraction technique known as fracking poses a “significant” risk to human health and British wildlife, and that an EU-wide moratorium should be implemented until widespread regulatory reform is undertaken.
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Fracking's Problems Go Deeper Than Water Pollution | WIRED

Fracking's Problems Go Deeper Than Water Pollution | WIRED | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

Methane is a greenhouse gas, which means it traps energy and turns it into heat. And it is particularly potent. “If you cut methane emissions, you would stop global warming over the next few decades,” says Howarth, who was among the first to notice that fracking wells were releasing the gas. Shutting off these near-term temperature increases from methane would take some spark out of the fuse on the carbon bomb set to go off in the next few decades. (Carbon dioxide is a more potent greenhouse gas, but takes many decades to release its stored energy as heat.) “This idea that methane gas is a bridge fuel, is better than coal, is nonsense,” he says. Stronger regulations could help curb these unintentional emissions, but Howarth says resistance from gas companies means scientists still don’t know the extent of the threat.

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Editorial: Forced pooling amounts to illegal property seizure

Editorial: Forced pooling amounts to illegal property seizure | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

The West Virginia Legislature made the correct decision - barely - in this year's regular session when a bill requiring the forced pooling of natural gas fields failed to win passage. But it's clear that lawmakers will be confronted with the same issue in the 2016 session. Let's hope they can once again resist the intense lobbying pressure that already is building.

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Disturbing New Study Links Fracking Wells to Lower Birth Weights

Disturbing New Study Links Fracking Wells to Lower Birth Weights | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
In an alarming new study, University of Pittsburgh researchers revealed that pregnant parents who live in close proximity to fracking wells are more likely than their counterparts, who live farther away, to have babies with lower birth weights.

Perinatal Outcomes and Unconventional Natural Gas Operations in Southwest Pennsylvania was published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE. Hailing from Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, the researchers investigated birth outcomes for 15,451 babies born between 2007 and 2010 in three counties in the fracking-heavy state of Pennsylvania: Washington, Westmoreland, and Butler.
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US Interior Department Compelled to Reveal Extent of Fracking in Gulf of Mexico

US Interior Department Compelled to Reveal Extent of Fracking in Gulf of Mexico | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
The extent of Gulf fracking is currently unknown and environmentalists say it poses a serious threat to coastal communities and marine life.
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Fracking Protests Continue in Texas as New ALEC-Backed Law Bars Towns from Banning Drilling

Fracking Protests Continue in Texas as New ALEC-Backed Law Bars Towns from Banning Drilling | FrackInformant | Scoop.it

The city of Denton, Texas, is in a showdown with Big Oil after it tried to pass a ban on fracking within its city limits. On Tuesday night, residents of Denton, about 30 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, packed a city council meeting to oppose a vote to repeal the ban. The vote was ultimately tabled. The move comes after Texas lawmakers passed a new law that prohibits such bans. The measure went into effect on Monday. That same morning, three protesters locked themselves to the entrance of the first fracking well to reopen. It was just this past November that nearly 60 percent of Denton residents supported the ban at the ballot box. But they were immediately threatened with lawsuits by the Texas Oil and Gas Association and the Texas General Land Office. Those same interests worked with lawmakers and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, to pass this new ban on fracking bans known as House Bill 40. All of this comes as Oklahoma became the second state to ban fracking bans on Friday. Meanwhile, Maryland became the second state, after New York, to ban fracking. We are joined by Tara Linn Hunter, volunteer coordinator for Frack Free Denton.

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Pipeline Spews 21,000 Gallons of Oil Along California Coast

Pipeline Spews 21,000 Gallons of Oil Along California Coast | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
A broken pipeline spewed oil into the Pacific Ocean, creating an oil slick four miles long at Refugio State Beach just north of Santa Barbara. 21,000 gallons
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USGS: The Chemistry of Waters that Follow from Fracking: A Case Study

USGS: The Chemistry of Waters that Follow from Fracking: A Case Study | FrackInformant | Scoop.it
In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the microbiology and organic chemistry of the produced waters varied widely from well to well.
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