Linked to earthquakes, water contamination, and general pollution, fracking becomes more controversial by the day. Meanwhile, 13,000 new wells are being drilled every year. There have been over a thousand documented cases of water contamination next to areas of gas drilling—cases of sensory, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological damage. From the water we drink to the ground beneath our feet, is it too late to ask, “What gives?”
- By Julia Troute
- Jul 23, 2015
In a recent case study from the USGS, researchers discovered that both the microbiology and organic chemistry of waters produced from fracking vary significantly from well to well.
A new economic and policy analysis concludes that the hydraulic fracturing (HF) or “fracking” being done in Texas is adding to the state’s overuse of its water resources, but is only part of the state’s water problem.
Investigation finds at least 6 fracking fluids on the market with higher concentrations of benzene (a carcinogen) than diesel fuel, and at least 153 wells fracked with liquids containing ethylbenzene (a probable carcinogen) in 11 states (OK, ND, TX, WY, CO, CA, OH, LA, NM, MT, and MI).
Duke University geochemist Avner Vengosh, who co-led the research, said the research "gives us new forensic tools to detect if frack fluids are escaping into our water supply and what risks, if any, they might pose."
A position paper created by the National Ground Water Association show that “no widespread water quality or quantity issues” have been found as a direct result of hydraulic fracturing.
Research shows damage to air quality and possible radiation risks also occur.
The agencies' memorandum of collaboration continues their work to make oil and gas exploration safer and more environmentally sustainable, officials said.
EPA has proposed permits that would allow oil companies to continue releasing contaminated wastewater onto the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.
On Thursday, June 20, Xperience Efficiency kicked off its final day with the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, former U.S. Senator, Texas as the keynote speaker.
As the price of energy rises, so do the stakes. To document the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and extraction methods that contribute to global warming, a three-month cross-country road trip has been launched by AlterNet.
Project Volt Gas Volt, a new green program, shows the potential of storing renewable energy in surplus, which could make nuclear energy, natural gas, fracking, and biofuels seem like energy sources from the past.
Gina McCarthy is praised by Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer, but Ranking Member David Vitter criticizes her answers to questions he submitted.
She announced she will leave the administration soon after President Obama's State of the Union speech.
The state's Department of Conservation says the draft does not begin a formal rulemaking process. It would require "rigorous" testing before, during, and after fracking operations that exceed what other states have implemented.
A new API report also says 35 percent of the environmental spend, or $4.5 billion, in 2011 went toward air pollution abatement.
The contest attracted a record number of entries in 10 categories ranging from Air Quality and Climate to Wastewater.
Stony Brook University scientists have found that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as “fracking” – wells producing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region poses substantial potential risks of river and other water pollution that suggests additional regulation to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination.
Ecologix Environmental Systems, an Atlanta-based wastewater treatment company specializing in oil and gas, has enhanced their mobile Integrated Treatment System (ITS) for hydraulic fracturing.
California oil and gas regulators are planning to propose new regulations for hydraulic fracturing activities and re-examine existing rules for underground injection wells.