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Shale Truck Sets off Alarm in South Huntingdon – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 4/23/2013 (link)

A truck loaded with Marcellus shale drill cuttings that triggered a radiation alarm at a hazardous waste landfill in South Huntingdon was ordered back to a Greene County drilling site last weekend.

Oklahoma earthquake linked to oil extraction wastewater – BBC News - 3/27/2013 (link)

Scientists have linked the underground injection of oil-drilling wastewater to a magnitude-5.7 earthquake in 2011 that struck the US state of Oklahoma. Wastewater injection from drilling operations has been linked to seismic events in the past, but these have typically been much smaller quakes. They also have tended to occur in the first weeks or months of injection. The study in Geology suggests that "induced seismicity" can occur years after wastewater injection begins.

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Fracking Seen by EPA as No. 2 Emitter of Greenhouse Gases – Bloomberg - 2/6/2013 (link)

Natural gas and oil production is the second-biggest source of U.S. greenhouse gases, the government said, emboldening environmentalists who say tighter measures are needed to curb the emissions from hydraulic fracturing.

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EPA backed off Weatherford water contamination probe after gas drilling company protested – Dallas Morning News - 1/16/2013 (link)

WEATHERFORD — When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family’s drinking water had begun “bubbling” like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.

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Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas – Nature - 1/4/2013 (link)

Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental impact.

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Fracking Secrets by Thousands Keep U.S. Clueless on Wells - Businessweek - 11/30/2012 (link)

A subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) pumped a mixture of chemicals identified only as “EXP- F0173-11” into a half-dozen oil wells in rural Karnes County, Texas, in July.

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Pennsylvania Report Left Out Data on Poisons in Water Near Gas Site - New York Times - 11/2/2012 (link)

PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania officials reported incomplete test results that omitted data on some toxic metals that were found in drinking water taken from a private well near a natural gas drilling site, according to legal documents released this week.

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Penn State Faculty Snub of Fracking Study Ends Research - Businessweek - 10/3/2012 (link)

A natural-gas driller’s group has canceled a Pennsylvania State University study of hydraulic fracturing after some faculty members balked at the project that had drawn criticism for being slanted toward industry. The Marcellus Shale Coalition, which paid more than $146,000 for three previous studies, ended this year’s report after work had started, said Kathryn Klaber, coalition president.

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Water Samples Suggest Dimock's Methane Problem Hasn't Dried Up - PennLive - 10/2/2012 (link)

More than two years after the state halted a natural gas driller's operations in a corner of Dimock Township, the right answer to a last question is all that stands between drill bits and earth.

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Diesel in Water Near Fracking Confirms EPA Tests Wyoming Disputes - Businessweek - 9/27/2012 (link)

Methane, Diesel Compounds Detected by U.S. in Wyoming Well

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'Fracking' brine | Gas-well waste full of radium - The Columbus Dispatch - 9/3/2012 (link)

Study suggests water trucked to Ohio from Pa. might be radioactive

Doctors fight “gag orders” over fracking chemicals - American Medical News (AMA) - 8/27/2012 (link)

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Fouled Waters: Woodlands residents search for ways to survive without clean water- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 8/19/2012 (link)
Kim McEvoy and her daughter, Skylar Sowatsky, 3, load empty jugs into the car so Ms. McEvoy can refill them with clean water at work. The family has been without running water since January. "This is America 2012. Look at what's happening. We have all this technology but no water," she said.

If Janet McIntyre needs to shower and can't drive the 11 miles to her son's house, she steps outside and undresses. Her husband puts on a rain poncho and pours three gallons of water over her as she hides behind a shower curtain hanging between two cars that sit in their yard.

Natural gas well burst kills one, injures three in Colorado - Reuters - 8/16/2012 (link)

A high-pressure burst of natural gas at a well operated by Canadian energy giant Encana Corporation in Colorado killed one man and injured three other workers on Wednesday, the company and local authorities said.

Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells - Bloomberg - 8/14/2012 (link)

Fracking Hazards Obscured in Failure to Disclose Wells

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US insurer won't cover gas drill fracking exposure - Pike County Courier - 8/2/2012 (link)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won't cover damage related to a gas drilling process that blasts chemical-laden water deep into the ground.

Texas Gas Well Accident Kills One, Leaves 2 Injured - KWTX Waco - 7/6/2012 (link)

NACOGDOCHES — An accident at a gas well site at around 8 a.m. Thursday near Chireno left one person dead and two others injured, a statement from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office said.

Acid spilled at area gas drilling pad - The Times Leader - 7/5/2012 (link)

LEROY TWP. – Approximately 4,700 gallons of acid was spilled Wednesday at a natural gas drilling pad near Towanda Creek in Bradford County.

Methane migration probed in Tioga County - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/3/2012 (link)

HARRISBURG -- State environmental officials are investigating a potential case of methane migration in Tioga County near gas-drilling sites operated by a Shell Oil Co. subsidiary.

Methane gas found in three wells, two streams - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/21/2012 (link)

Methane gas has bubbled to the surface in three residential water wells and two streams in Bradford County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, near a Chesapeake Energy Marcellus Shale gas drilling operation.

Vermont Governor Signs Bill Banning Hydraulic Fracturing - Burlington Free Press - 5/16/2012 (link)

MONTPELIER — An anti-fracking crowd gathered Tuesday night in Albany, N.Y., for a benefit concert that included actors Mark Ruffalo and Melissa Leo and musician Natalie Merchant.Somebody mentioned that Vermont was about to become the first state in the nation to ban the practice of extracting natural gas from shale. “The place exploded,” said Chris Tate, an activist from Hector, N.Y., who was there.

Fracking rules let drillers flare till 2015 - Reuters - 4/18/2012 (link)

WASHINGTON - U.S. environment regulators said Wednesday they will give natural gas and oil drillers more than two years of extra time to invest in equipment that slashes unhealthy air emissions from fracking wells, citing a lack of clean technology.

Fracking Wells’ Air Emissions Pose Health Risks, Study Finds - Businessweek - 3/19/2012 (link)

Chemicals released into the air when natural gas is produced by hydraulic fracturing may pose a health risk to those living nearby, the Colorado School of Public Health said.

Tighter Fracking Regulations Favored by 65% of U.S. in Poll - Bloomberg - 3/15/2012 (link)

The U.S. public favors greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas drilling technique that has reduced prices for consumers while raising environmental concerns.

W. Pa. wells had casing failures in complaint area - Seattle Post Intelligencer - 2/29/2012 (link)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — At least two gas wells near a community that's complained of sudden drinking water pollution developed casing problems during the drilling process, but neither Rex Energy Corp. nor state environmental regulators disclosed those problems during recent discussions about the contamination.

How fracking might have led to an Ohio earthquake - Christian Science Monitor - 1/2/2012 (link)

The link between "fracking"-related activities and earthquakes was thrown into stark relief over the weekend when a magnitude 4.0 quake struck Youngstown, Ohio – typically not a hot bed of noticeable seismic activity. The quake triggered shaking reportedly felt as as far away as Buffalo, N.Y., and Toronto.

Colo. compels disclosure of fracking chemicals - USA Today - 12/12/2011 (link)

DENVER – Colorado will require energy companies to disclose the concentrations of all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing and also ask drillers to make public some information about ingredients considered trade secrets.

EPA Finds Fracking Compound in Wyoming Aquifer - Scientific American - 11/10/2011 (link)

As the country awaits results from a nationwide safety study on the natural gas drilling process of fracking, a separate government investigation into contamination in a place where residentshave long complained that drilling fouled their water has turned up alarming levels of underground pollution.

Fracking Insiders Admit To Employing Military 'Psychological Operations' On American Citizens - Business Insider - 11/9/2011 (link)

Fracking is a contentious business. The process of injecting chemicals at high-pressure into the earth to pull out gas and oil has prompted as many reports condemning it as there are declaring it safe.

Cancer rates in areas of the barnett shale where there is active drilling are increasing and residents want to know why - KDAF Dallas / Fort Worth - 10/18/2011 (link)

FLOWER MOUND, TX—Lorrie Squibb remembers many days when she didn't feel well, but she didn't know why.

Drilling firm admits liability in acid spill - Tulsa World - 10/13/2011 (link)

Houston-based drilling contractor Integrated Production Services LLC was penalized with $200,000 in federal fines and other costs this week after admitting that an employee drove a company truck through an earthen dam and allowed hydrochloric acid to flow into an Atoka County creek four years ago.

Charred Waxahachie plant blended fracking chemicals - WFAA Dallas / Fort Worth - 10/4/2011 (link)

WAXAHACHIE — As North Texans watched fire burn at the Magnablend plant in Waxahachie on Monday, EPA officials said no harmful chemicals had been detected in the air.

New York extends period for comments on fracking - Reuters - 9/7/2011 (link)

New York's environmental body on Wednesday extended a public comment period on proposed rules for natural gas drilling in the state, frustrating companies eager to exploit its rich natural gas deposits.

Montana implements fracking disclosure rules - The Billings Gazette - 9/2/2011 (link)

From now on, producers drilling for oil and gas in Montana have to disclose most of the chemicals they are using in hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” under rules that recently were implemented.

Gas Fracking Poses Serious Environmental Risks, Panel Finds - Bloomberg - 8/11/2011 (link)

Natural-gas companies risk causing serious environmental damage from hydraulic fracturing unless they commit to the best engineering practices, a task force named by Energy Secretary Steven Chu concluded.

Tainted water well raises concerns about fracking - Sealed lawsuit details may obscure picture - The Chronicle-Herald - 8/4/2011 (link)

For decades, oil and gas industry executives as well as regulators have maintained that a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that is used for most natural gas wells has never contaminated underground drinking water. 

EPA targets gas drilling's pollution of the air - Houston Chronicle - 7/28/2011 (link)

WASHINGTON — Faced with a natural gas drilling boom that has sullied the air in some parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing.

EPA announces sites for fracking study, focuses on the Marcellus - Platts - 6/23/2011 (link)

Environmental Protection Agency investigators will fan out to oil and gas shales across the country this summer to start the field work for the agency's study of the effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, EPA said Thursday.

Texas - Drillers Must Disclose ‘Fracking’ Chemicals - New York Times - 6/20/2011 (link)

Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill requiring drillers to disclose the chemicals they use when extracting oil and gas from rock formations, making Texas the first state to pass such a law. Some state agencies have passed rules forcing some disclosure, but no other states have made it a law. Texas’ law will force drillers to post the chemicals and the amounts used beginning in July 2012. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being used in more states. In the fracking process, drillers pump chemical-laced water into the ground at high pressure to crack the rock. Environmental groups worry that the chemicals could taint water supplies. The industry says the process is safe.

Chesapeake Fined $1.09 Million in Pennsylvania - Wall Street Journal - 5/17/2011 (link)

HOUSTON -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Chesapeake Energy Corp. nearly $1.09 million for contaminating the drinking water of 16 families with natural gas, and, separately, for an explosion at a condensate storage tank.

Marcellus Shale: Gas-drilling wastewater disposal faces change - Elmira Star-Gazette - 4/24/2011 (link)

Discharges into rivers to end, Pennsylvania official says

Driller halts Pennsylvania fracking after blowout - Reuters - 4/21/2011 (link)

(Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy suspended the use of a controversial natural-gas production technique in Pennsylvania on Thursday as it worked to contain a well blowout that spilled toxic fluid into a local waterway.

Gas Drilling Industry Makes Stunning Admission - CBS Pittsburgh - 4/19/2011 (link)

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Officials with the Marcellus Shale drilling industry made a shocking admission Tuesday morning.

Democratic report: carcinogens injected into wells - Boston Globe - 4/16/2011 (link)

WASHINGTON – Millions of gallons of potentially hazardous chemicals and known carcinogens were injected into wells by leading oil and gas service companies from 2005-2009, a report by three House Democrats said Saturday.

Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers - New York Times - 2/26/2011 (link)

The American landscape is dotted with hundreds of thousands of new wells and drilling rigs, as the country scrambles to tap into this century’s gold rush — for natural gas.

Sinking feelings – Gas fracking may already be lowering water tables in South Texas - 1/5/2011 (link)

KARNES COUNTY — Veteran oilman John Braudaway has been in the industry so long that he says he can estimate the amount of crude in a 400-barrel storage tank just by feeling slight temperature differences on the metal surface.

Delaware River Basin Commission posts proposed Marcellus Shale rules - Philly Inquirer - 12/10/2010 (link)

The Delaware River Basin Commission on Thursday proposed natural gas drilling rules in its four-state watershed that are tougher than those in the rest of Pennsylvania but that promise to do little to stem the intense wrangling over how to regulate the growing industry.

U.S. govt, Halliburton reach deal on fracking info - Reuters - 12/7/2010 (link)
WASHINGTON - Halliburton (HAL.N) has reached an agreement with the U.S. government to comply with an
Pa. investigating spill at natural gas well site - BusinessWeek - 11/23/2010 (link)

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Pittsburgh Bans Natural-Gas Drilling - Wall Street Journal - 11/16/2010 (link)

Pittsburgh's city council voted 9-0 Tuesday to ban natural-gas drilling within city limits, citing health and environmental concerns, becoming the first city in Pennsylvania state to do so.

North Fayette OKs fracking water facility plans - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 10/12/2010 (link)

Integrated Water Technologies Inc., a Harrisburg-based wastewater treatment company, plans to build a processing facility and warehouse, totaling 30,000 square feet, on about 11 acres leased from Champion Processing Inc. on Route 980 near the border with Robinson, Washington County.

Fracking fluid leak may reach 30 miles - Williamsport Sun-Gazette - 10/9/2010 (link)

HUGHESVILLE - Route 220 from Main Street to Lime Bluff Road was closed for much of Friday after borough police stopped a low-boy trailer that was leaking an undetermined amount of non-corrosive frack fluid, according to Police Chief Jason Gill.

Private lab finds toxic chemicals in Dimock water - The Times-Tribune - 9/16/2010 (link)

Water testing by a private environmental engineering firm has found widespread contamination of drinking water with toxic chemicals in an area of Dimock Twp. already affected by methane contamination from natural gas drilling.

U.S. test shows water problem near natgas drill site - Reuters - 9/1/2010 (link)

U.S. government officials urged residents of a Wyoming farming community near natural gas drilling sites not to use private well water for drinking or cooking because of chemical contamination.

Panel approves Arcuri drilling amendment - The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - 7/2/2010 (link)

An amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, to compel natural gas and oil drillers to comply with the federal Clean Water Act was approved in a voice vote Thursday by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. If enacted, the amended bill would force drillers to obtain EPA discharge permits before construction of drilling sites begins.

Pennsylvania quarantine cattle over gas drilling fluid - Reuters - 7/1/2010 (link)

Officials have quarantined 28 cows that may have drunk toxic waste water from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, adding to concerns about health risks arising from exploiting the state's vast shale deposits.

Blowout Occurs at Pennsylvania Gas Well - Wall Street Journal - 6/4/2010 (link)

A western Pennsylvania natural-gas well owned by EOG Resources Inc. blew out Thursday night, releasing an undisclosed amount of gas and drilling fluids before being contained about 16 hours later.

Gas company slapped with drilling ban and fine - News - The Times-Tribune - 4/16/2010 (link)

A natural gas company has been banned from drilling in a 9-square-mile area of Susquehanna County for at least a year because methane from faulty gas wells is still escaping into residents' drinking water, the state Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday.

Dark Side of a Natural Gas Boom - New York Times - 12/7/2009 (link)

DIMOCK, Pa. — Victoria Switzer dreamed of a peaceful retirement in these Appalachian hills. Instead, she is coping with a big problem after a nearby natural gas well contaminated her family’s drinking water with high levels of methane.

Penn. natgas water treatment plant challenged - Reuters - 11/3/2009 (link)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmentalists have challenged the proposed construction of a plant that would process waste water from natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania's booming Marcellus Shale field, an activist group said on Tuesday.

Pennsylvania fines Cabot over drilling spills - Reuters - 10/21/2009 (link)

Pennsylvania has fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. (COG.N) for three spills of a fluid used in natural gas drilling, amid concern about groundwater contamination, state regulators said on Thursday.

DEP allows Cabot to resume natural gas fracking in Susquehanna County - News - The Times-Tribune - 10/17/2009 (link)

The Department of Environmental Protection has allowed a natural gas company operating in Susquehanna County to resume hydraulic fracturing of its gas wells there three weeks after a series of chemical spills caused the regulatory agency to shut the company down.

Drilling water may be cause of fish kill - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 10/14/2009 (link)
DEP points to salty discharge from mine

A heretofore undisclosed underground flow of mine pool and methane gas well drilling water into Consol Energy's Blacksville No. 2 Mine may have contributed to the salty, polluted discharges that caused the massive, month-long fish kill on Dunkard Creek.

Fears of tainted water well up in western Colorado - The Denver Post - 10/11/2009 (link)
LOGAN MOUNTAIN — Ned Prather can't forget that awful drink of water.

He was thirsty the afternoon of May 30, 2008, after he and his wife, Dollie, drove up the dusty, steeply kinked road to their cabin an hour northeast of DeBeque. He went to the sink and filled a glass with water.

Water worries threaten U.S. push for natural gas - Reuters - 10/1/2009 (link)
Jeff Locker, a Wyoming farmer, displays water filters from his well on September 17, 2009. People living near gas drilling facilities in states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming have complained that their water has turned cloudy, foul-smelling, or even black as a result of chemicals used in a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking.' REUTERS-Jon Hurdle
Jeff Locker, a Wyoming farmer, displays water filters from his well on September 17, 2009. People living near gas drilling facilities in states including Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming have complained that their water has turned cloudy, foul-smelling, or even black as a result of chemicals used in a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or ''fracking.''

PAVILLION, Wyoming - Louis Meeks, a burly 59-year-old alfalfa farmer, fills a metal trough with water from his well and watches an oily sheen form on the surface which gives off a faint odor of paint.

Gas Industry Faces The Dangers Of Fracking - Forbes - 9/28/2009 (link)

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Oil company reports third spill in Pa. - Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin - 9/22/2009 (link)

DIMOCK Pa. -- On the same day Cabot Oil & Gas was cited by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for two spills, the company reported a third spill at a natural gas well pad in Dimock Township, Pa.

Timothy P. Carney: Congress gives your money to T. Boone Pickens - Washington Examiner - 7/10/2009 (link)

T. Boone Pickens, like any good businessman, can read changing economic conditions. While he spent the 1980s as a “corporate raider” and oilman, in this age of Barack Obama and Henry Waxman, he has shifted his focus to lobbyists, feel-good green messages, and technology that depends on government subsidies.

Face-Off Over 'Fracking': Water Battle Brews On Hill - NPR - 5/27/2009 (link)

Environmentalists and the natural gas industry are getting ready for a battle in Congress over something known as "hydraulic fracturing."

Drilling process causes water supply alarm - The Denver Post - 11/17/2008 (link)

A frozen "waterfall" of drilling fluids was visible near Parachute in February. The state says 1.6 million gallons of fracturing fluids leaked from a pit and ended up seeping out of the cliff. (Colorado Department of Natural Resources )

In July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown, oily water with a foul smell. Tests showed it contained benzene, a chemical believed to cause aplastic anemia and leukemia, in a concentration 1,500 times the level safe for people.


A Toxic Spew? Officials worry about impact of 'fracking' of oil and gas - Newsweek - 8/19/2008 (link)

Cathy Behr says she won't forget the smell that nearly killed her. An emergency-room nurse in Durango, Colo.'s Mercy Regional Medical Center, Behr was working the April 17 day shift when Clinton Marshall arrived complaining of nausea and headaches. An employee at an energy-services company, Weatherford International, Marshall, according to Behr, said that he was caught in a "fracturing-fluid" spill. [Fracturing chemicals are routinely used on oil and gas wells where they are pumped deep into the ground to crack rock seams and increase production.] The chemical stench coming off Marshall's boots was buckling, says Behr. Mercy officials took no chances. They evacuated and locked down the ER, and its staff was instructed to don protective masks and gowns. But by the time those precautions were enacted, Behr had been nursing Marshall for 10 minutes--unprotected. "I honestly thought the response was a little overkill, but good practice," says Behr, 54, a 20-year veteran at Mercy.

Secrets surround gas-field chemicals: Exposure sickens nurse; state agency pushing for transparency - The Durango Herald - 7/20/2008 (link)

The doctors tested for every nasty disease they could imagine - hantavirus, Legionnaires' disease, others.

Investigation: Ohio's Natural Gas Boom Has Hidden Danger - WEWS NewsChannel5 Cleveland - 5/2/2008 (link)

BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A blue tarp draped over a cracked foundation of a yellow ranch house in Bainbridge Township is about the only clear sign you can see from English Drive that a massive natural gas explosion ripped through the home, NewsChannel5 chief investigator Duane Pohlman reported.

Halliburton's Interests Assisted by White House - Los Angeles Times - 10/14/2004 (link)

The administration has lent support to a lucrative drilling technique. Some in the EPA consider it an environmental concern.