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Researchers Clash Over Fracking 'Footprint'
2012-01-21 05:06:50

Two groups of prominent researchers at Cornell University have made conflicting findings regarding the environmental effects of the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking, and they´re duking it out on the pages of the scientific journal Climatic Change, according to a recent Associated Press report. The debate revolves around a study published last April that attempted to estimate the amount of greenhouse compounds released into the atmosphere when fracking for natural gas...

Ohio Officials Suspend Fracking Operations At Well
2012-01-05 05:57:26

Ohio officials said Tuesday that the state has suspended operations at a well used to dispose of waste water from "fracking". The suspension comes after suspicion that disposal of waste water by reinjecting it into the ground may have triggered seismic activity. The latest earthquake measured 4.0 on New Year's Eve and was near the well operated by D&L Energy in Youngstown. The state shut down operations at the Youngstown injection well after a 2.7 magnitude quake on December 24....

Colorado Legislature Beefs-Up Fracking Regulations
2011-12-15 06:15:46

The Colorado state legislature passed new laws this week intended to more closely regulate the natural gas extraction technique known as fracking. The most stringent in the country, the new rules will require drill companies to publish the exact content and concentration of chemicals used in extraction, information previously considered to be competitive trade secrets. State lawmakers passed the bill unanimously on Tuesday and plan to put the regulation into effect by April of next year....

2011-12-14 08:00:00

Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, a National Law Firm, Urges the EPA to Continue Investigating Groundwater Contamination in Areas where Gas Exploration and Hydraulic Fracturing are Occurring in Light of its Recent Findings in Pavillion, Wyoming. New York, New York (PRWEB) December 14, 2011 Parker Waichman Alonso LLP urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to continue investigating groundwater contamination in areas where natural gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing are occurring. On...

EPA Findings Reignite Debate Over 'Fracking'
2011-12-10 05:24:41

In the first such case on record, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that it has discovered synthetic chemicals associated with natural gas fracking in a Wyoming aquifer. Some thirty percent of the U.S. domestic supply of natural gas is obtained by hydraulic fracturing, an extraction technique that uses millions of gallons of a solution of water and chemicals to break open underground rock and release trapped gas. EPA experts say that some of these chemicals, including...

2011-11-18 02:40:47

A new report by Duke University researchers offers several health and environmental measures for North Carolina lawmakers to consider as they debate legalizing horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum journal, looks at potential environmental hazards and how lawmakers in other states are factoring health and environmental risks into regulatory approaches targeting the...

Company Admits To Causing Earthquakes
2011-11-02 11:44:43

A British company said on Wednesday that it caused earthquakes in April and May by using hydraulic fracturing to release natural gas from shale rock. Cuadrilla Resources said in a report that the 1.9 and 2.8 Richter scale tremors were due to an unusual combination of geology and operations and were unlikely to happen again. "Cuadrilla's water injection operations take place very far below the earth's surface which significantly reduces the likelihood of a seismic event of less than 3 on...


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