As the AP reports, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection posted details about the contamination cases online on Thursday. The cases occurred in 22 counties, with Susquehanna, Tioga, Lycoming, and Bradford counties having the most incidences of contamination.
Article courtesy by Markus Wacket and Vera Eckert | February 12th 2013 | Yahoo News * Environment ministers says new rules to be restrictive. * Seeks to pre-empt opposition in upper house of parliament BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Germany’s environment minister said on Monday he did not want to make it easy for companies […]
BERLIN, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Germany’s upper house of parliament passed a resolution on Friday urging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to tighten the rules for controversial modern drilling techniques, or fracking, for unconventional gas. The resolution piles the pressure on the government to draw up clear rules for the practice, which critics say could increase seismic risks and even pollute drinking water.
Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls Water Board hired a professional lobbyist in Albany to help it explore the possibility of treating wastewater from natural gas drilling sites while the debate was playing out in the public.
Chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process — commonly called fracking — were of particular concern to Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan in his last report as auditor of Canadian environmental regulations that was tabled today in the House of Commons.
A very important question is at the center of a court case that commenced this morning in Livingston County Court: Do individual towns have the right to ban natural gas fracking? An energy company is suing the town of Avon, hoping to set a precedent that would block towns from making their own decisions on fracking.
So, you have a dwindling supply of fresh water for drinking and for wildlife, you have large amounts of contaminated water from old mining operations that we don’t know what to do with and are really expensive to clean-up, and you have the need for large amounts of water for the dramatic increase in fracking operations that don’t need to use fresh or potable water but are presently using both fresh and potable water from these very dwindling supplies.
Hydraulic fracturing is high-pressure business, and its brunt is being brought to bear on Fort Collins City Council.
The United States has vast reserves of natural gas within shale and rock formations. During the past decade, extracting that gas has become commercially viable as a result of the advances made in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques.
Republicans are stepping up political pressure on the White House to back off regulations that will impose new controls on the controversial oil-and-gas development method called hydraulic fracturing.
Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation’s drinking water.
In mid-October, the nonprofit law firm, Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Alameda County, charging that the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the state agency that has the responsibility to regulate oil and gas well activity, “has failed to consider or evaluate the risks of hydraulic fracturing, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),” according to Environmental News Service.