CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A state-sponsored study meant to examine potential pollution from the boom in natural gas drilling never actually tested key wastes from the Marcellus Shale formation, according to a West Virginia University researcher who led the effort.
Teams performing the legislatively mandated review examined only materials from the vertical portion of wells, not from the horizontal drilling at those same sites, which would have included Marcellus Shale mud and drill cuttings.
January 10, 2014 | by Sandra Steingraber In fracking
Dear friends across New York,
Still trying to decide whether to drop everything and join us in Albany on Wednesday for an historic State of the State anti-fracking rally?
The answer is yes.
After years of creative, brave, anti-fracking resolve—and frankly, a whole lot of tedious work, personal sacrifice, and against-all-odds efforts—this is our defining moment. Now, before the eyes of the world—and with all of New York’s media cameras rolling—we need to demonstrate the breadth, depth, diversity, power, and ascendency of our movement.
The energy industry has long insisted that hydraulic fracking -- the practice of fracturing rock to extract gas and oil deep beneath the earth's surface -- is safe for people who live nearby. New research suggests this is not true for some of the most vulnerable humans: newborn infants.
In energy-friendly Wyoming, oil and gas companies are getting a clear message: Drill, baby, drill — but carefully.
Last week, state regulators approved one of the nation’s strongest requirements for testing water wells near drilling sites. The measure is intended to address concerns that groundwater can become contaminated from drilling activities.