Category Archives: Gas explosion

When a Rig Moves In Next Door

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/07/business/energy-environment/07frack.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=fracking&st=cse

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Ohio: To drill or not too drill… despite a 1000 cases across the country of drinking water being contaminated.

There have been cases of improperly constructed wells, sloppy operations and drilling through shallow layers of methane that have contaminated drinking water.

Drilling opponents cite 1,000 cases across the country of drinking water being contaminated. That includes a highly publicized case in 2008 in Geauga County’s Bainbridge Township, where methane from a natural gas well got into a house and exploded.

The state traced the problem to an improperly constructed well, although the explosion remains under investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The federal EPA, however, is taking a closer look at fracing. It is holding public hearings on how it should conduct a $1.9 million study of hydraulic fracturing and its effects on groundwater.

Three such hearings have been held: in Canonsburg, Pa.; Denver; and Fort Worth; and a fourth in Syracuse, N.Y., is being rescheduled.

The EPA plans to complete the study’s design by September, begin the study in January and have initial results by late 2012. Continue reading

Posted in Brine, Chemicals, Chesapeake, Contamination, Diesel, Environmental violations, EPA, Flowback water, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas explosion, Hydraulic Fracturing, leaks from badly cased wells, Legislation, Lobbying, Marcellus Shale, Methane, Pennsylvania, Poisons, Politics, Produced Water, Special interests, spilled fracturing fluid, Toxicity, Wastewater tanks or pits | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PA: Your “natural” gas well exploded? Please wait for the crew of specialists to fly from Texas…

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/23/police-killed-natural-gas-explosion-western-pennsylvania/

Posted in air pollutants, Benzene, biocides(antimicrobial poisons), Chemicals, Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Diesel, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas explosion, Hydraulic Fracturing, leaks from badly cased wells, Marcellus Shale, Methane, naphthalene (a blood poison), Pennsylvania, Poisons, Produced Water, pyridines (potential carcinogens), spilled fracturing fluid, Strontium, Toxicity, Volatile Organic Compounds, xylene and carbon disulfide (neurotoxicants) | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

No need to rush on natural gas

There are still many questions about the possibility of irreparable environmental damage associated with the extraction process. To get this gas, you blast a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals, some of them highly toxic, down a well a kilometre or two deep. This compound fractures the shale, and gas is freed to flow upward.
There are big problems with this process, the most alarming one being the danger that underground aquifers can become contaminated. Further, it emits considerable greenhouse gases. And up to 40 per cent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing make their way back to the earth’s surface. There, they must be treated, and disposed of in some cases as hazardous waste.
Companies involved in shale-gas production insist that these problems have been overestimated, and that contaminated water is the result of surface spillage only. But U.S. research suggests otherwise. In 2009, the investigative journalists of ProPublica published studies on the effect of shale drilling on water supply in Colorado and Pennsylvania. The organization reported that “houses, water wells, and pipelines have exploded and people have found methane levels in their water so high that they could light it with a match.” ProPublica also found 1,000 U.S. cases where the extraction process affected water supplies.
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“Natural” gas accidents pose great challenges for emergency responders

 http://www.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=16106

Posted in Chemicals, Contamination, Diesel, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas explosion, Hydraulic Fracturing, naphthalene (a blood poison), Poisons, Produced Water, spilled fracturing fluid, Strontium, Toxicity, xylene and carbon disulfide (neurotoxicants) | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Pennsylvania Needs Clean Energy, Part I: Fracking Out of Control

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2010/08/why-pennsylvania-needs-clean-energy-part-i-fracking-out-of-control

Posted in air pollutants, Barnett Shale, Benzene, biocides(antimicrobial poisons), Bush Cheney, Cabot Oil & Gas, Chemicals, Clean Air Act, Colorado, Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Diesel, Dimock, Dish, Energy, Environmental violations, EPA, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas explosion, Gas Lobby, Gasland, Hydraulic Fracturing, leaks from badly cased wells, Marcellus Shale, naphthalene (a blood poison), Pennsylvania, Poisons, Politics, Produced Water, pyridines (potential carcinogens), Special interests, spilled fracturing fluid, Strontium, Toxicity, Volatile Organic Compounds, Wastewater tanks or pits, Wayne County, xylene and carbon disulfide (neurotoxicants) | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Endocrine Disruptors, Energy, EPA, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas explosion, Gas Lobby, Gasland, Hydraulic Fracturing, Hydrolic Fracturing, Legislation, Lobbying, Marcellus Shale, Moratorium NY State, Produced Water, Sullivan County, Toxicity | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment