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Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water
Stefan Cramer May 05th, 2015

NICHOLAS ST. FLEUR reports for The New York Times: An analysis of drinking water sampled from three homes in Bradford County, Pa., revealed traces of a compound commonly found in Marcellus Shale drilling fluids, according to a study published on Monday. The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, addresses a longstanding ...


Half of U.S. Fracking Companies Will Be Dead or Sold This Year
Stefan Cramer April 22nd, 2015

BLOOMBERG reports: Half of the 41 fracking companies operating in the U.S. will be dead or sold by year-end because of slashed spending by oil companies, an executive with Weatherford International Plc said. There could be about 20 companies left that provide hydraulic fracturing services, Rob Fulks, pressure pumping marketing director at Weatherford, said in an ...


Weather Underground – The arrival of man-made earthquakes.
Stefan Cramer April 07th, 2015

NEW YORKER: Although disposal wells have been used for decades, the new dewatering process has led to a dramatic increase in how much water is being disposed of. (In the state, the water used in the initial stage of fracking accounts for less than ten per cent of the water pumped down disposal wells.) In ...


Fracking Operators Ran Up 2.5 Violations a Day, Study Shows
Stefan Cramer April 03rd, 2015

Bloomberg reports: April 2, 2015 Oil and gas drillers ran afoul of regulators on average 2.5 times a day in three energy-intensive states for mistakes such as wastewater spills, well leaks or pipeline ruptures during the boom in hydraulic fracturing. Online records in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Colorado showed regulators issued 4,600 citations from 2009 to 2013, ...


Maryland Senate Passes Bill To Declare Fracking An ‘Ultrahazardous Activity’ | ThinkProgress
Stefan Cramer April 01st, 2015

On Tuesday, Maryland legislators passed legislation that would place strong limits on the extraction of natural gas in the state. The Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in the Western part of the state, while the Maryland Senate approved a bill that would impose strict financial liabilities ...