When the Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that tests showed the water is safe to drink in Dimock, Penn., a national hot spot for concerns about fracking, it seemed to vindicate the energy industry’s insistence that drilling had not caused pollution in the area.
A new Pennsylvania law endangers public health by forbidding health care professionals from sharing information they learn about certain chemicals and procedures used in high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing.
Environmental groups say the EPA jumped the gun by releasing only a handful of Dimock water results before all households’ tests were complete. The Sierra Club issued a statement Thursday night declaring their support for the residents along Carter road who say Cabot Oil and Gas caused their water wells to run foul.
During an investigation into water contamination linked to fracking, with only partial results from less than 20% of households involved, EPA's Region 3 office issued a press release implying that Dimock, PA's water is safe to drink.
On Saturday, hundreds of people gathered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for the largest anti-fracking rally in New York state history. Water Defense was joined by numerous other speakers, including State Senators Tony Avella and Adriano Espaillat...
President Obama’s rosy picture of natural gas as a miracle fuel does not stand up to the facts. Not only is there no scientific proof that fracking can be done safely, but the Department of Energy’s just-revised gas estimates contradict President Obama’s promises about natural gas as a pathway to energy independence; there is simply not enough gas to expand our dependence on the fuel in a meaningful way. The new DOE report slashed U.S. domestic gas estimates by 42 percent, from 827 tcf to just 482 tcf—less than 20 years worth of gas at current rates of consumption. If we continue to increase our use of gas for electricity, manufacturing and transportation, we’ll have only a few years’ worth of gas.