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Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Maddow on the Frack Threat to Our Water

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-rose-levy/mark-ruffallo-and-rachel-_b_750508.html

Posted in Catskill, Chemicals, Contamination, Delaware River Basin, Environmental violations, EPA, Flowback water, Fracking, Hydraulic Fracturing, Marcellus Shale, Methane, Moratorium NY State, New York State, Poisons, Produced Water, Safe Water Drinking Act, Special interests, spilled fracturing fluid, Toxicity, Upper Delaware Council (UDC), Wastewater tanks or pits | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PA: Chesapeake responsible for a brine spill & 3 new contaminations of drinking well water with methane…

The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating a brine spill that occurred Thursday when a water tanker carrying waste water from a natural gas drilling site rolled over on U.S. Route 187, just north of the Terry Township line in Bradford County.

Earlier this month, methane was found in three private water wells less than a mile away from Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s Dan Ellis natural gas well site in Monroe Township. The violations also occurred in Terry Township.

The contamination came to light on Aug. 4, when a water well top blew off at Earl Sites’ Brocktown Road home. He then successfully lit a gallon of his well water on fire. DEP confirmed the contamination on Aug. 6. Continue reading

Posted in Benzene, Brine, Chemicals, Chesapeake, Contamination, Diesel, Environmental violations, EPA, Flowback water, Fracking Fluid, leaks from badly cased wells, Marcellus Shale, Methane, Pennsylvania, Poisons, Produced Water, spilled fracturing fluid, Toxicity, Wastewater tanks or pits | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

TX: Third spill of “Flowback” water in western Flower Mound

http://www.scntx.com/articles/2010/08/20/flower_mound_leader/news/735.txt

Posted in Barnett Shale, Benzene, Contamination, Diesel, Environmental violations, Flowback water, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Hydraulic Fracturing, Methane, Poisons, Produced Water, spilled fracturing fluid, Toxicity, Wastewater tanks or pits | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Natural gas” hurts the environment more than it helps: demystifying the T. Boone Pickens plan…

The natural gas industry likes to cast itself as a green alternative in the fight against global warming, with folks like T. Boone Pickens and his allies at the forefront of the effort to increase gas use for electricity generation and as an automobile fuel.
Now Congress appears ready to provide taxpayer subsidies in a Senate energy bill for parts of the Pickens plan. But let’s be sure we’re getting good public policy, not just an expensive public relations push.
To date, little evidence has surfaced to support the notion that increasing our use of natural gas will actually help the environment. In fact, an increase in natural gas usage could hurt the environment more than it helps.

Let’s start with the concept that natural gas is “clean.” If you look at a coal-fired power plant versus a gas-powered plant, gas looks better at first blush because there is less carbon dioxide per kilowatt coming out of the gas plant’s smokestack.

But there’s a lot more to the climate impacts of natural gas than emissions at the power plant. Leaks of methane occur at every stage of natural gas production and transport – during drilling, at the wellsite, at compressor stations, and in the pipeline. These methane leaks add up, and methane is twenty-five times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas. Many leaks are the result of inefficient operations and a lack of trained professionals to employ the simple, cost-effective fixes available through the EPA’s Natural Gas STAR program.

Gas production can also cause major methane leaks from outcrops of gas-bearing rock. In the Raton Basin of southeastern Colorado, dozens of these methane seeps have been identified, many of them associated with the gas industry. In the Atlantic Rim of Wyoming, the onset of coalbed methane development has resulted in new seeps rivaling the mud pots of Yellowstone National Park in size, and emitting thousands of cubic feet of gas per minute into the atmosphere.

All these methane leaks, and their emissions of potent greenhouse gases, need to be accounted for when examining the greenhouse gas emissions of natural gas versus coal. When leaks are added in, natural gas is hardly better than coal from a climate change perspective. Continue reading

Posted in air pollutants, Benzene, Chemicals, Contamination, Fracking, Fracking Fluid, Gas Drilling, Gas Lobby, Hydraulic Fracturing, Legislation, Lobbying, Methane, Poisons, Politics, Special interests, T. Boone Pickens, The “Pickens Plan”, Toxicity, Volatile Organic Compounds, Wastewater tanks or pits | 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.
Continue reading

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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