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Recent In The News

Below are select, recent articles in the press covering FracTracker Alliance and/or our work.

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight

May 12, 2017 – Midwest Energy News

Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and advocates suggest those incidents may be part of a bigger problem in the rush to develop Ohio’s shale oil and gas. “I suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Ted Auch at FracTracker Alliance, with many other problems, he and others suspect, going undetected. “How many little spills are there?” Read more

Data trove offers new details on complaints to DEP during shale boom

January 31, 2017 – StateImpact PA

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection received 9,442 public complaints about environmental problems in areas where unconventional natural gas development occurred from 2004 to the end of November 2016, an investigation reported, unveiling a trove of documents from the state’s natural gas boom. Read more

Line Items

November 16, 2016 – American Metal Market

Despite new safety rules requiring retrofitting or replacement of tank cars used to transport oil by rail, a host of market conditions will at least delay any boost the steel industry could have foreseen from an increase in orders for the new rail cars. Read more

Fracking’s total environmental impact is staggering, report finds

October 15, 2016 – True Viral News

A new report from an environmental group claims kids and elderly people are more at risk from living close to fracking areas. Environment Texas released a report on Thursday detailing how many schools, hospitals, day care centers and nursing homes are within a mile of fracking wells. Read more

Latino Communities, Particularly in US Southwest, At Greater Risk of Cancer and Respiratory Diseases from Air Pollutants from Oil and Gas Industry, Report Finds

September 28, 2016 – Chron.com

Clean Air Task Force, League of United Latin American Citizens, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and Earthworks today released a report and interactive map that demonstrate, for the first time, the specific risks to Latino communities of diseases from airborne pollutants from oil and gas development. Read more

Gaz de schiste: les déchets chez les pauvres…

August 1, 2016 – CentPapiers

Article in French about shale gas waste and environmental justice. Read more

The True Cost of Fracking

May 25, 2016 – EcoWatch

Arsenic. Cadmium. Chromium. Radon. Lead. These are just a few of the toxins used in hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, a controversial drilling process to retrieve oil and natural gas from shale deposits under the surface of the Earth. Read more

Fracking: environmental groups sue EPA in call for strict rules on waste

May 4, 2016 – The Guardian

Fracking has led to hundreds of billions of gallons of waste full of toxic chemicals – yet the process is hardly subject to any standards, coalition says. Read more

Forum discusses the effects of frac sand mining in Wisconsin

April 21, 2016 – WEAU.com

Several organizations hosted a forum Thursday at The Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire to discuss the effects of frac sand mining in western Wisconsin. Read more & watch video

Range Resources exec’s well-site remarks drawing sharp criticism

April 18, 2016 – PowerSource

Does Range avoid rich neighborhoods? Read more

Groups call for more transparency

April 5, 2016 – Midwest Energy News

Since 2011, shale gas drilling has been a way of life for some eastern Ohio communities, with residents acutely aware of both the benefits and drawbacks. But as production declines, are those perceptions changing? Organizers of a 2014 survey hope to find out. Read more

Rise of Fracking Wastewater Injections in Ohio Sparks Fears of Earthquakes, Water Contamination

March 7, 2016 – EcoWatch

Ohio has become a major wastewater dump for the fracking industry, sparking fears of groundwater contamination and concerns that injection of wastewater into wells could trigger the same earthquakes currently rattling frack-happy Oklahoma. Read more

Lack of action from state and federal government means that community organisations are picking up the slack of monitoring the effects of fracking in the Northeast

February 26, 2016 – London School of Economics

The rise of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been controversial, with many campaigners expressing concern about the implications for the local environment, including streams and rivers. In new research, Abby Kinchy writes that monitoring of the effects of fracking on local watersheds in the Marcellus Shale region of New York and Pennsylvania by state, local, and multistate government is often patchy, and that many local volunteer and non-profit organisations are taking up the slack of such monitoring. Read more

Hold Your Breath — Nearly 200 Infrared Videos Expose Methane Pollution All Across the United States (VIDEO)

February 25, 2016 – Alternet

It’s not just Aliso Canyon — fugitive, toxic methane gas escaping into the air is a much more widespread problem than anyone could have imagined. Read more

Il petrolio, Il crollo dei prezzi spiegato in una pagina

January 2016 – RaiNews (Italy)

In Italian – Oil, the drop in prices explained in a page. Read more

Lack of data on fracking spills leaves researchers in the dark on water contamination

January 22, 2016 – StateImpact PA

A recently published peer-review of the EPA’s fracking study criticized the agency for reaching conclusions in their draft report without adequately explaining the lack of data and research available, including information related to wastewater, chemical and fuel spills resulting from oil and gas production. Read more

Reguladores do estado examinam se o fracking está ligado ao vazamento de gás nos poços de Alison Canyon

January 20, 2016 – Não Fracking Brasil

Reguladores do estado estão investigando se a prática controversa de perfuração do fraturamento hidráulico, ou fracking, contribuíram para o enorme vazamento de gás natural perto de Porter Ranch. (State regulators are investigating whether the controversial drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contributed to the massive leak of natural gas near Porter Ranch.) Read more

Regulators probing whether fracking was connected to Aliso Canyon gas well leak

January 13, 2015 – Los Angeles Daily News

State regulators are investigating whether the controversial drilling practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, contributed to the massive natural gas leak near Porter Ranch. Read more