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News Highlight

“I don’t think you can say never”: The debate continues; Did fracking cause quake?

July 1st, 2015 – Fox 17 News Michigan

Ted Auch counteracts the argument that fracking has no connection to recent seismic activity, particularly with the quake that occurred on June 30th in Union City, Michigan. Nearby wells and disposal sites are a bit too close to completely rule out a possible tie with hydraulic fracking activity, whcih drives Auch to state “You can never say never”. Read more. 

Increased Fracking Water Use in Ohio: Compromising Watershed Integrity?

July 13, 2015- Public News Service

Water consumption for hydraulic fracturing usage increased from 177,000 gallons in 2000 to  more than 5 million in 2014. Ted Auch explains where this water is coming from and the potential usage increase in the next two years. Read more. 

Radioactivity Risk from Oil & Gas Activity in Marcellus Region

July 1, 2015 – FrackCheckWV

This is an overview of our post concerning TENORM levels associated with hydraulic fracturing activity.

Fracking to forge ahead in UK but not without rules, say Tories.

June 30, 2015 – International Business Times

UK’s Conservative party and its supporters, Tories, have decided to go ahead with the continuation of hydraulic fracturing, mainly due to the commercial pressures. But they say not without supervision or rules. This shows the disparity in opinion when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, since New York was one of the first states to ban fracking overall. Read More. 

Event Highlights need for renewable energy:

April 14, 2015 – Science News

Syndicated by Rocket News and Technician Online

FracTracker Alliance, along with Ecologic Institute and members from Environment North Carolina reached out to students through an event called Our Energy Solutions. It contrasted the harmful effects of hydraulic fracking to renewable energy sources throughout North Carolina and focused on the public health concerns that also come with hydraulic fracking. To learn more about the potential of renewable energy in North Carolina, read more.

Digging Under the Surface

April 13, 2015- Before It’s News

Citizens of West Virginia are coming to the realization that giving up their land or their mineral rights was not such a good idea. These fracking companies have set out contracts that state “for as long as the well is in production, this lease maintains force” in WV, also considered the “sweet spot” of the recent oil and gas boom. Homeowners talk about what it is like to live with fracking near their property, the negotiation violations and how the oil and gas companies work through contract loopholes to lessen their responsibility of damages.

Rigged Decks

April 20, 2015 – Audubon

Karen Edelstein from FracTracker provides offshore rig information and John Arvin, an Ornithologist for Gulf Coast Bird Observatory analyses the impacts of offshore rigs on bird migration patterns and populations. Read More

What the Frack Is Happening Under Long Beach?

April 22, 2015 – OC Weekly

Perhaps you’ve driven past them at night: several towering panels lit up like a psychedelic art installation, with a 45-foot waterfall gushing down the side and onto the boulder-strewn, pedestal-shaped, very-much-manmade island… Read More

Most states don’t track oil industry violations, and those that do assess piddly penalties

April 2, 2015 - Daily Kos

FracTracker and NDRC unleash information about reported violations, and the results are shocking. Read More

New Map Shows Fracking on PA State Lands

Mar 9, 2015 – NPR

A map by FracTracker shows the gas wells on Pennsylvania’s public lands. Read More

Is Philly doing enough to reduce the risk of a deadly oil-train derailment?

April 2, 2015 - Philadelphia City Paper

Philadelphia’s residents are showing growing concerns about their proximity to volatile oil trains passing through their city and homes. Read More

Greens rank frackers with most violations

April 2, 2015 – The Hill

Chesapeake Energy Corp. appears to have accumulated far too many violations, with most being in the state of Pennsylvania.  Read More

Is Your Local Fracking Company Breaking the Rules? You’ll Probably Never Know

‎April 2, 2015 – Mother Jones

Syndicated by Environment Guru; Climate Desk

The lack of transparency in the fracking industry’s violations shocks citizens, as well as the little data that is available.  Read More

NRDC: Oil, gas violations largely unreported

April 2, 2015 – UPI.com

Syndicated by oilgasdaily.com, United Press International, Daily Kos

NRDC and FracTracker explore reasons as to why there is such little regulation regarding oil and gas violations. Read More

Top 10 Oil & Gas Companies for Spills & Legal Violations, identified

April 2, 2015 – Kansas City Infozine

Syndicated by Yubanet.com; The State Journal; e-News Park Forest; Ohio.com/drilling; NRDC

What companies are doing the most damage through violations? Read More

Fracking operators ran up 2.5 violations a day, study shows

April 2, 2015 – Chicago Tribune

West Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania are the only states with data available about regulation violations. How many violations are occurring in the rest of the country by day? Read More

Report identifies Top 10 oil, gas companies for spills, violations

April 2, 2015 – Akron Beacon Journal

The top 10 violators are categorized by State and Federal land. Read More

It’s Almost Impossible To Find Data On Oil And Gas Spills In Most States

April 1, 2015 – Huffington Post

Two of the top 3 violators in the country offer comments about their violation records, while the top violator declines to comment. Read More

Fracking Linked to Adrenal Problems

March 24, 2015 – lawyersandsettlements. com

Molly and her husband use Fractracker to identify the 50 wells located within a seven mile radius from her home. She explains the health effects it is having on her, her husband and her neighbors. Read More

Obama’s New Fracking Rules Won’t Apply to Majority of U.S. 

March 20, 2015 – Newsweek

New hydraulic fracturing regulations will only apply to federal and tribal lands, leaving intact private and state lands. Meanwhile, oil and gas producers find these regulations unnecessary and have taken action against them immediately following the announcement. Read More

Pennsylvania Pushes Tougher Fracking Regs

March 13, 2015 – Allegheny Front

Governor Tom Wolfe and his acting Department of Environmental Protection secretary John Quigley announce stricter regulations on fracking, specifically those controlling wastewater storage, fracking near schools, noise management, and public involvement. Read More

Study finds thousands live in PA blast zone

March 10, 2015 – CBS News

Fractracker and Penn environment released a report that illustrates just how many Pennsylvanians are within a half mile from railroads where crude oil is transported. Read More

Harrisburg city council to push for safety measures to protect residents from bomb trains

March 9, 2015 -The Patriot – News

Harrisburg city councilman Brad Koplinski set forth a legislation urging state and federal agencies to increase regulation on trains traveling with crude oil, trains known as “bomb trains”. Read More

Special issue of journal looks at fracking’s effects on people, animals

March 3, 2015 – Yahoo news

A peer-reviewed journal researches the public health impacts of fracking, observing health issues arising near drilling sites, and what this could mean to the 243,000 Pennsylvanians working in the oil and gas industry today. Read More

Millions of Pennsylvanians live in oil train explosion evacuation zone

March 2, 2015 – Patriot News

More than 4 million Pennsylvanians are at risk in their homes due to prevalent  train derailments and explosions. Gov. Tom Wolfe speaks on the subject. Read More

Oil trains called legitimate and urgent threat to 4 million Pennsylvanians

March 2, 2015 – ABC 27 News

Brook Lenker discusses the potential and urgent dangers of oil trains coming through our communities and the shadows we live in when it comes to obtaining data from oil and train companies. Read More

Studies explore concerns about natural-gas production and health

March 2, 2015- The Dallas Morning News

Several studies reveal health effects after short and long-term exposure to chemicals released from conventional drilling as well as fracking. Read More

Gas Industry’s Solution to Toxic Wastewater: Spray It on Roads

March 2, 2015 – Newsweek

Oil and gas companies claim that the brine from conventional drilling is non-toxic and will not harm wildlife or the environment; however, researchers and scientists disagree. Read More

Train derailment could affect 183,000 in Pittsburgh, study says

March 2, 2015- PowerSource (The Pittsburgh Gazette)

Matt Kelso illustrates the potential dangers of oil-carrying trains running through our neighborhoods. Read More

Oil train derailment report to include Johnstown

February 26, 2015- The Tribune Democrat

A train carrying crude oil exploded in West Virginia. What could a similar catastrophe mean to you? Read More

Buffalo’s Bomb Trains

February 2015 – ArtVoice

With one third of Buffalo’s population living in a disaster evacuation zone, the local media’s silence is deafening. With map by FracTracker. Read More

Five Questions about the FracTracker Alliance & Challenges of Strategic Communication in Unconventional Oil & Gas

January 2015 – C4CS Newsletter

Interview with FracTracker’s Manager of Education, Communications, and Partnerships – Sam Malone. Read more

Fracking forum draws large crowd

January 28, 2015 – Richmond Register

On Tuesday January 27, 2015, Frack Free Foothills held a community forum to discuss unconventional drilling in Berea, KY, with FracTracker’s Bill Hughes presenting. Read more

New– and worrisome–contaminants emerge from oil and gas wells

Jan 15, 2015- The Georgia Straight

A new study identifies two new contaminants polluting the water in Pennsylvania and West Virginia– ammonium and iodide. Read More. 

Environmental concerns raised as oil companies take fresh look at fracking in Kentucky

January 10, 2015 – Lexington Herald-Leader

There’s been little heat so far in Kentucky over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a technique of drilling for oil and natural gas that has caused division elsewhere in the country, but now the controversy has gushed up here. Read more

Fracking Spurred Ohio Earthquakes: Some Not Surprised

January 6, 2015 – Public News Service

Some environmentalists and energy-industry observers say they are not surprised by a new study that connects earthquakes to hydraulic fracturing in Ohio. Read more

To fill in the blanks on Marcellus data, volunteers turn to crowdsourcing

January 6, 2015 – PowerSource (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Oil and gas companies may have the money to pay research analysts for quality data, but public interests have the numbers on their side. Read more

Effects of fracking on the health of children

December 26, 2014 – Al Jazeera America News

Jennifer London reports on why parents are upset over drilling near schools, with an interview of Kyle Ferrar, CA Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance. Video (will update link when video available)

CMU, Fractraker teaming up to monitor crude oil trains through region

December 13, 2014 – PowerSource (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil from Midwestern shale oil fields pass through the region daily and at speeds approaching the limit established to reduce derailment risks, according to a pilot study by Fractracker Alliance and Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. Read more

PR Firm to Advise New York Oil & Gas Group to “Win Ugly”

November 12, 2014 – Earth Island Journal

Leaked transcript shows energy companies will be told to make the fight against fracking opponents personal Read more

Pennsylvania’s frack ponds now number more than 500

November 11, 2014 – StateImpactPA

In 2005, Pennsylvania had 11 frack water pits. Just eight years later, aerial maps show that number has jumped to 529. It’s unclear how many of these sites store fresh water used for fracking, and how many store the toxic wastewater that results from oil and gas drilling operations. Read more

Ohio Governor Hoping To Amend “Outrageous” Drilling Tax

November 2, 2014 – OilPrice.com

With U.S. midterm elections just days away, one Republican state governor is coasting to re-election despite promising to aggressively push for higher taxes on the oil and gas industry. Read more

Shale Drilling Destroys Regional Water Resources

September 2014 – Fresh Water Accountability Project

Grand Rapids, OH – Ohioans are beginning to realize that unconventional shale drilling uses a great deal of water, permanently ruining it for other uses. But what they may not know is fracked gas and oil wells in Ohio are turning out to be less productive over time, with more water needed so the effects of water usage are rising. Read more

SkyTruth maps impoundments using aerial photos

September 20, 2014 – Observer-Reporter

Attempting to identify every Marcellus Shale impoundment in Washington and Greene counties is an arduous – perhaps impossible – task for the average citizen to undertake. Read more

Audit of fracking fluids highlights data deficiencies

August 15, 2014 – Chemistry World

A US survey of almost 250 chemicals used in fracking has identified potentially harmful compounds and exposed a lack of information about them that is hampering efforts to understand fracking’s environmental impact. Read more

Open Canvas amadpainter and Mark Eddy guest Bill Hughes

August 4, 2014 – WVNS

Charleston, WV – As rules to deal with low-level radioactive waste from Marcellus wells are going into effect, concerns are rising about the long-term impacts of it. Comments from Bill Hughes, chair of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority. Map of Marcellus drilling sites available. Read more

Norwegian shale-accident: 70,000 fish died and tons chemicals leaked

July 8, 2014 – EnergiWatch

Up to 100 tons of chemicals may be leaked into the wild after a fire at one of Statoil’s fracking facilities in the United States. The debate on fracking flare up again. Read more

Another Study Finds Appalachian Water Use, Underground Injection Volumes Increasing

July 11, 2014 – NGI’s Shale Daily

A recently released study by the FrackTracker Alliance shows that water use and wastewater generated from horizontal hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has dramatically increased in the Appalachian Basin since 2010, leading to a corresponding increase in the use of Class II underground injection wells, especially in Ohio. Read more

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