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What is “fracking” ? How does it affect you?
THE LATEST: Much of the toxic radioactive waste from fracking comes from other states and is being trucked to Ohio and injected into the ground beneath our feet and spread onto our landfills, which eventually leach these toxins and radioactive materials into ground water.
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Ohio Secretary of State Denies Ohio Citizens
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Oklahoma regulators impose water injection cut to stem earthquakes
August 5, 2015
Yeganeh Torbati | Reuters
WASHINGTON – Oklahoma regulators are imposing new restrictions on energy companies injecting wastewater underground, in the latest effort to stem a sharp increase in earthquakes.
The new rules, announced by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Monday evening, require operators in parts of two Oklahoma counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject underground by 38 percent from current levels in the next 60 days. The reduction will bring injected volumes to about 2.4 million barrels below those in 2012, when the most dramatic spike in the area earthquakes began.
The restrictions affect 23 wells run by 12 operators. The operators are mostly small companies, but one of the wells is run by Devon Energy Corp of Oklahoma City. The state has about 3,500 saltwater disposal wells.
The Pennsylvania General Energy Company had acquired a federal permit to drill an injection well down 7,000 feet about seven miles from the creek to dispose of wastewater from its natural gas hydraulic fracturing operations.
Fearing the operation would harm the Little Mahoning watershed, the town’s supervisors last year passed a “community bill of rights” that blocked the well, stripped the company of its right to inject wastewater underground, and declared that the state had no jurisdiction in the matter.
The ordinance, they openly acknowledged, was likely to be challenged, and defending its legality would be difficult.
Driven largely by opposition to hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, communities across the United States have passed or are considering measures to assert their right to stop projects with potential to harm local environments – even when the ventures fall squarely under state or federal jurisdiction.
Hospitalization Rates Jump Near ‘Fracking’ Sites: Study
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who live near “fracking” sites may be at increased risk for hospitalization for heart problems, neurological disorders and other conditions, new research suggests.
Hydraulic fracturing — widely referred to as fracking — is a form of oil and gas drilling that has increased dramatically in the United States over the past decade, raising concerns about water and air pollution.
Pennsylvania is a hotspot for fracked wells, the researchers said. In this study, hospitalization rates in three northeastern counties in Pennsylvania were tallied.
A STATE OF QUAKES
The aftershocks of Ohio’s fracking boom and the regulatory structure that supports it
By Nika Knight
As sun set on the final evening of 2011, a loud boom interrupted New Years’ Eve revelries in eastern Ohio. Valerie Dearing, who was ringing in the New Year in her living room in the small town of Poland, proceeded to walk clumsily across her moving floor. Her paintings rattled on the wall. She told me, “I wasn’t aware of shaking beyond the paintings on my wall moving around, but I was unevenly walking, so I was aware that something was going on. And the first thing that came to mind was an earthquake.” In fact, it was an earthquake graded at 4.0 on the Richter scale — with an epicenter in Youngstown, it was the largest earthquake recorded in the region to date.
Weeks After Texas Oil Well Explosion, Families Still Can’t Go Home
Three weeks after well explosion, families are still waiting and worrying as Canadian oil company Encana decontaminates their homes in Karnes County.
An oil and gas well pad site in Karnes County, Texas, in the Eagle Ford Shale on June 1, 2015, a week and a half after a well blew out, spewing a mixture of crude oil, condensate and natural gas into the air. More than a dozen households were evacuated. Five families are unable to return home because their houses are being decontaminated. Credit: Aaron M. Sprecher/Greenpeace
Several families remain displaced three weeks after an oil well exploded in Karnes County, Texas, and the true extent of the contamination is unknown.
More than a dozen households were evacuated after the well blowout in mid-May . As of Monday, five families were unable to return home because their houses are being decontaminated, said Doug Hock, a spokesman for Encana, the Canadian company that owns the well.
Approval of drilling sends mixed signal from Obama
Ann G. Berwick
Did the president think we wouldn’t notice? This month, the Obama administration gave conditional approval to Shell Gulf of Mexico’s plan to drill for oil this summer in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of Alaska. Industry and environmental groups agree that this is one of the world’s most dangerous places to drill, given its huge waves and the difficulty of reaching it in the event of an accident. The administration had previously granted Shell a permit to drill offshore in the Arctic but in 2013 refused to give it permission to continue operations in light of serious safety problems.
Cleanup Under Way as Officials Assess Size of California Oil Spill
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif.—As an investigation and cleanup efforts began Wednesday, federal officials said that oil that spilled from a burst pipeline near shore here Tuesday had spread into two large patches in the Pacific Ocean, covering an area 9 miles long by midday.
Dramatic Increases of Cancer-Causing Radon in PA Homes Linked to Fracking
Researchers in Pennsylvania have discovered that the prevalence of radon, a radioactive and carcinogenic gas, in people’s homes and commercial buildings that are nearer to fracking sites has increased dramatically in the state since the unconventional and controversial gas drilling practice began in the state just over a decade ago.
Gutting of renewable energy policies now driving away business in Ohio, report says
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio’s renewable energy policies sparked tremendous investment in the industry, but recent moves by state lawmakers have slowed that growth and threaten its future, according to a report released Tuesday.
Ohio was No. 13 in the country for new capacity and private investment in wind at the end of 2012, according to the Pew report. However, new investment halted in 2013 because of “uncertainty” created by legislative debate over Ohio’s renewable energy standards and the expiration of a federal production tax credit, according to the report.
Remember Mark Jacobson, the Stanford University Professor who during a Late Show With David Letterman appearance said we already have enough wind to power the entire world “seven times over?”
That wasn’t hyperbole—Jacobson believes it and his team at the Solutions Project has unveiled a 50-state plan on how the U.S. could shed itself from oil, coal and nuclear sources. It comes in the form of a large, interactive map that provides a plan and projection for each state when you click on it.Here are a few examples of what the map has to offer:
“The new roadmap is designed to provide each state a first step toward a renewable future,” said Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. “It provides all of the basic information, such as how many wind turbines and solar panels would be needed to power each state, how much land area would be required, what would be the cost and cost savings, how many jobs would be created, how much pollution-related mortality and global-warming emissions would be avoided.”
Wind, Water Solar – Preliminary Outline of Plan for Ohio Features Relatively Short Payback Time
Visit The Solutions Project Web Site to get a look at the outline of the WWS Plan for Ohio at: www.thesolutionsproject.org
AND, Watch the amazing presentation by Professor Jacobson in the sidebar widget to the right.
Well casing failure can contaminate groundwater
Dr. Ingraffea’s General Recommendations on Fracking:
Where fracking is not yet occurring, it should be banned, and the use of all hydrocarbon fuels should be reduced as fast as possible. Also, the use of renewable, non-hydrocarbon fuels should be vastly accelerated.
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