Tagged with Unconventional Fossil Fuels

CDC Groundwater Assessment Contradicts EPA on Dimock, PA

Health Consultation: Dimock Groundwater Site, Carter Road and State Route 3023, Dimock, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Centers for Disease Control http://1.usa.gov/22qHP5t [State Impact Pennsylvania] A federal public health report on Dimock’s much-publicized water woes found threatening levels of chemicals in 27 private water wells, and explosive levels of … Continue reading

Fugitive Emissions from the Bakken Shale Illustrate Role of Shale Production in Global Ethane Shift

Geophysical Research Letters (April 26, 2016; doi: 10.1002/2016GL068703) / by E. A. Kort, et al. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2016GL068703/full [From Press Release] A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade’s increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate, according to new study led … Continue reading

Fracking and Property Values in Colorado

Ballotopedia https://ballotpedia.org/Fracking_and_property_values_in_Colorado [Grand Junction Sentinel]  There is no evidence that the practice of hydraulic fracturing negatively or positively impacted home values in several Colorado counties last year, according to a national website that tracks ballot measures nationwide. A recently released study by Ballotpedia.org that included Garfield and Routt counties also revealed that there was no … Continue reading

Toxic Secrets: Companies Exploit Weak US Chemical Rules to Hide Fracking Risks

Partnership for Policy Integrity / by Dusty Horwitt http://www.pfpi.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PFPI_ToxicSecrets_4-7-2016.pdf [From Politico’s Morning Energy email] There seems to be a lot of data missing from EPA’s review of 105 fracking and drilling chemicals the agency reviewed under the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to a report out today from the environmental group the Partnership for Policy Integrity. The … Continue reading

Drinking Water: EPA Needs to Collect Information and Consistently Conduct Activities to Protect Underground Sources of Drinking Water

US Government Accountability Office http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/675439.pdf [Sidley Shale and Hydraulic Fracturing Report] GAO report asserts that the EPA oversight of underground injection of oil and gas wastewater is insufficient. A recent U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report claims that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not gathering sufficient information to protect underground sources of drinking water … Continue reading

Induced Earthquakes Raise Chances of Damaging Shaking in 2016

One-year seismic hazard forecast for the Central and Eastern United States from induced and natural earthquakes (Open-File Report 2016-1035) US Geological Survey http://on.doi.gov/21PkZm5  [Press Release] https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr20161035 [Maps] For the first time, new USGS maps identify potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes. In the past, USGS maps only identified natural earthquake hazards. This … Continue reading