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EPA: Fracking and Groundwater Contamination

The Internet is alive today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report that indicates hydraulic fracturing (used when drilling for natural gas in tight shale formations) can contaminate groundwater. Residents of Pavillion, WY have been complaining about the state of their groundwater for some time now. The draft EPA report lends credibility to their […]

Groundwater Contamination Debate

The Debate: Can the process of hydraulically fracturing underground natural gas wells contaminate groundwater? Industry Position:  There has never been a documented case of groundwater contamination due to hydraulic fracturing; the process occurs thousands of feet below drinking water aquifers. Therefore, the chemicals used in the fracturing process pose no threat to drinking water. Opposition […]

SRBC Water Withdrawal Permits and Water Quality Monitoring

Susquehanna River Basin Commission water withdrawal permits issued on March 10, 2011. Please click the image for a larger, more dynamic view. Water Withdrawals On March 24th, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission released notes about the public portion of their quarterly Commission meeting, which included a variety of water withdrawal permits. Specific locations were not […]

Groups Announce Legal Action to Stop Sewage Plants from Dumping Gas Drilling Wastewater in PA Rivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Groups Announce Legal Action to Stop Sewage Plants from Dumping Gas Drilling Wastewater in Pennsylvania Rivers — McKeesport and Franklin Twp. plants targeted — (Pittsburgh) – Clean Water Action and Three Rivers Waterkeeper served legal noticestoday on two sewer authorities that have been discharging Marcellus Shale gas drillingwastewater into the Monongahela River […]

PA Fish and Boat Commission Targets Gas Extraction as Resource Threat

Wastewater Facilities Accepting Marcellus Shale Brine and Major Drainage Basins. Click the map for a larger, dynamic view. By Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH. Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities Management Plans by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) have been released for public comment for the 3 […]

Oil, Natural Gas, and Natural Gas Fluids Drilling and Production in the Inland United States Waters of the Great Lakes?

  By: C. D. Volz, DrPH, MPH Director and Principal Investigator of the Center for Healthy Environments and Communities Is it possible that there will, in the future, be offshore oil and gas platforms in the Great Lakes regions of the United States? The answer is that it has already occurred in Lake Michigan and […]