Category: Fracking

Surface water vulnerable to widespread pollution from fracking, a new study finds

Read the full story at Inside Climate News.

The research suggests that the impacts of the fracking boom may have outrun the science documenting its effects.

EPA approved toxic chemicals for fracking a decade ago, new files show

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The compounds can form PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” which have been linked to cancer and birth defects. The E.P.A. approvals came despite the agency’s own concerns about toxicity.

California Governor orders end to fracking by 2024, instructs CARB to analyze pathways to phase out oil-production by 2045

Read the full story at Green Car Congress.

California Governor Gavin Newsom has directed the Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) by January 2024. Additionally, Governor Newsom requested that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) analyze pathways to phase out oil extraction across the state by no later than 2045.

Nearly 400 state and local officials call for ban on new fracking permits

Read the full story from The Hill.

Nearly 400 state and local elected officials from across the country signed a letter calling for an outright ban on new federal permits for fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure after the Biden administration imposed a temporary moratorium on such permitting on federal lands.

Regulators Ban Fracking Permanently in the Four-State Delaware River Watershed

Read the full story at e360 Digest.

The regulatory agency in charge of managing the Delaware River and its tributaries voted last week to permanently ban natural gas drilling and fracking within the entire four-state watershed, which supplies the drinking water for more than 13 million people in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.

The interstate Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) cited the scientific evidence that fracking has polluted drinking water, surface water, and groundwater.

The vote prohibits gas drilling in parts of the Marcellus Shale that overlap the Delaware watershed, specifically in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York State, NPR reported.

When the kids started getting sick

Read the full story in the New Yorker.

After pressure from families, Pennsylvania has launched studies into whether fracking can be linked to local illnesses.

In the northern Great Plains, a search for ways to protect drinking water from fossil fuel industrial pollution

Read the full story at Ensia.

North Dakota’s water supplies are at risk from contaminants from fracking wastewater, but residents are fighting back.

Pandemic Accelerates Dismal Financial Performance of U.S. Fracking Companies

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A cross-section of 34 North American shale-focused producers continued a long-term losing streak in the second quarter of 2020, spending $3.3 billion more on drilling and other capital projects during the quarter than they generated from selling oil and gas. Low prices and declining sales volumes slashed revenues, leaving the fracking sector awash in red ink despite steep cuts in capital spending. 

Pennsylvania Regulators Won’t Say Where 66% of Landfill Leachate w/ Radioactive Material From Fracking is Going…”It’s Private”

Read the full story in the Public Herald.

In Pennsylvania, the final destination of 66 percent of liquid waste from 30 municipal landfills accepting fracking’s oil and gas waste remains unknown. Oil and gas waste from fracking contains high concentrations of Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM), and wherever this radioactive TENORM waste is stored, rain carries water-soluble radionuclides such as Radium-226 through the landfill to create what’s known as leachate – the landfill’s liquid waste. This TENORM-laden leachate is commonly sent to Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTPs) that are not equipped to remove it before it’s dumped into rivers.

What’s in oilfield wastewater matters for injection-induced earthquakes

Read the full story from Virginia Tech.

A team of geoscience researchers in the Virginia Tech College of Science has developed a new theory to explain how and why injection-induced earthquakes continue to occur even when injection rates decline.

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