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  • Obama to unveil fracking rules (Hurl)

    03/20/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 19, 2015 | Elana Schor
    The Obama administration is set to unveil the first major nationwide safety restrictions on fracking, touching off a fresh political confrontation between the president and his critics in Congress and the energy industry. The Interior Department’s rules — expected to be released Friday morning — are the federal government’s most comprehensive foray to date toward regulating the technology at the heart of the U.S. oil and gas boom, addressing worries such as potential dangers to drinking water. They will also offer oil and gas supporters new room to accuse President Barack Obama of seeking to throttle fossil-fuel production, despite his...
  • Exposed: what fracking really does to you, your family, pets and food

    02/25/2015 10:38:18 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 45 replies
    The Ecologist ^ | 2-25-2015 | Allison Wilson
    The first researchers to systematically document ill health in livestock, pets, and people living near fracking drill sites were Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald. Bamberger, a veterinarian, and Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, used a case study approach-looking at individual households-to search for possible effects (Bamberger and Oswald 2012). Many fracking chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors or other classes of toxins (Colborn et al. 2011). Bamberger and Oswald's studies, carried out during the ongoing fracking boom, uncovered serious adverse effects including respiratory, reproductive, and growth-related problems in animals and a spectrum of symptoms in humans...
  • Fracturing firm files for bankruptcy protection

    10/29/2013 4:30:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 28, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    Green Field Energy Services, which uses natural gas to run its hydraulic fracturing equipment, filed for bankruptcy protection on Sunday after defaulting on payments for two loans. Green Field, which has an $80 million loan from Shell, defaulted last month on a payment, according to court filings. The company also defaulted this month on a separate, $250 million loan, from Wilmington Trust, according to the filing. Green Field is the only company so far that has been able to run fracturing equipment on 100 percent natural gas. Shell has been its top customer, accounting for 79 percent of Green Field’s...
  • Concerns Spread over Environmental Costs of Producing Shale Gas

    07/10/2010 2:30:15 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 9, 2010 | Joel Kirkland
    PITTSBURGH—Around suppertime on June 3 in Clearfield County, a geyser of natural gas and sludge began shooting out of a well called Punxsutawney Hunting Club 36. The toxic stew of gas, salt water, mud and chemicals went 75 feet into the air for 16 hours. Some of this mess seeped into a stream northeast of Pittsburgh. Four days later, as authorities were cleaning up the debris in Pennsylvania, an explosion burned seven workers at a gas well on the site of an abandoned coal mine outside of Moundsville, W.Va., just southwest of Pittsburgh. The back-to-back emergencies were like a five-alarm...