Category Archives: Endocrine Disruptors

Risks to NYC’s Water Supply Prompt Short-Term Ban on Gas Drilling

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-rose-levy/risks-to-nycs-water-suppl_b_670110.html?ir=New%20York

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EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Gas Industry Ire

An 18-month investigation by ProPublica, however, has shown more than 1,000 cases [6] in which various aspects of the fracturing lifecycle have affected water supplies, including spills of fracturing fluid waste, cracking of underground cement and well casings meant to enclose the fracturing process, and methane gas traveling large distances [7] underground through faults and fractures. Continue reading

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“Gasland’s” Josh Fox Interviewed on “Fresh Air”

Josh Fox: “You’d be surprised at how many of those summer camps are leasing [their land to natural gas companies]. Listen, we’re talking about 65 percent of Pennsylvania, 50 percent of New York. Even if the summer camps aren’t leased, their neighbors are leasing.” Continue reading

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Fracking and Food Don’t Mix

http://www.alternet.org/food/147634/fracking_with_food_how_the_natural_gas_industry_poisons_cows_and_crops

Posted in Benzene, Bush Cheney, Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, EPA, Food, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Hydrolic Fracturing, Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania, Produced Water, quarantine, Strontium, Sullivan County, Toxicity, Volatile Organic Compounds | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fracking Robs Owners of Land

•Oil and gas companies are exempt from the Safe Water Drinking Act. (It wasn’t always that way—thank the 2005 Energy Policy Act, passed under Bush and now known as the Halliburton Loophole.)
•Waste related to oil and gas exploration and production is exempt from the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. (So there are no regulations on its disposal, meaning it can be handled in any way a company pleases, from being injected into the ground—regardless of its proximity to water supplies, animal habitats, etc.—to just being left on the land.)
•Because of loopholes in the Clean Air Act, oil and gas wells are not subject to restrictions on hazardous air pollutants. Garfield County, Colorado, for example, a site where a lot of fracking has taken place, has shown elevated levels of several hazardous air pollutants. Continue reading

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The Lessons of BP Apply to Fracking

In states like New Mexico and Colorado, hydrofracking is contaminating the drinking water. The film, Gasland, shows numerous cases of homeowners who sold drilling rights to their land only to find that after the drilling their water became unusable — harming their own living circumstances and totally trashing future land values. Some households displayed black or brownish water from their taps, a few demonstrated that the water contained so much benzene that the homeowner was able to ignite the water as it came out of the tap.

Despite these safeguards, the oil and gas industries successfully lobbied Congress during the Bush administration for exemptions for hydrofracking. (As it happens, hydrofracking is a process used profitably by Halliburton where former vice president Dick Cheney was once CEO.) Hydrofracking was established as permissible with no need to comply with federal environmental safeguards. As a result, Americans must rely on state regulations.

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Continue reading

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The Sad State of Dimock, PA, post-Cabot

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE52C07920090313

Posted in Benzene, biocides(antimicrobial poisons), Cabot Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Diesel, Dimock, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental violations, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Marcellus Shale, naphthalene (a blood poison), Pennsylvania, Poisons, Produced Water, pyridines (potential carcinogens), spilled fracturing fluid, Strontium, Toxicity, Volatile Organic Compounds, Wastewater tanks or pits, xylene and carbon disulfide (neurotoxicants) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment