Tag Archives: Hydraulic fracturing

First Phase of Global Fracking Expansion: Ensuring Friendly Legislation

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Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes. Photo source: ©© Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking

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Multinational oil and gas companies are engaged in a quiet but broad attempt to prepare the groundwork for a significant global expansion of shale gas development, according to a study released Monday…

Read Full Article, IPS News

A New Look At What’s In ‘Fracking’ Fluids Raises Red Flags, Science Daily (08-18-2014)
Scientists are getting to the bottom of what’s in fracking fluids, with some troubling results…

EPA Implicates Fracking In Pollution, AP (12-11-2011)

On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane (04-13-2014)
Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas…

Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Found at Fracking Waste Site, Guardian UK (11-02-2013)

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Likely Harmed Threatened Fish Species, USGS (08-30-2013)

Hydrofracking, Water, Watersheds, and the Ocean (02-28-2011)
With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
The Ocean connects all things…

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking, My San Antonio News (Uploaded 09-27-2011)
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground…

Demand for Sand Takes Off Thanks To Fracking, The Wall Street Journal

Induced Earthquakes, Earthquakes Hazard Program, USGS (April 2014)
A team of USGS scientists led by Bill Ellsworth analyzed changes in the rate of earthquake occurrence using large USGS databases of earthquakes recorded since 1970. The increase in seismicity has been found to coincide with the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells in several locations, including Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Ohio. Much of this wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is routinely disposed of by injection into wells specifically designed and approved for this purpose. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” does not appear to be linked to the increased rate of magnitude 3 and larger earthquakes. Although wastewater injection has not yet been linked to large earthquakes (M6+), scientists cannot eliminate the possibility…

California Voters Deal A Major Blow To Fracking, Huffington Green (11-05-2014)

A New Frontier for Fracking: Drilling Near the Arctic Circle

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Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo source: ©© Angela

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Hydraulic fracturing is about to move into the Canadian Arctic, with companies exploring the region’s rich shale oil deposits.

But many indigenous people and conservationists have serious concerns about the impact of fracking in more fragile northern environments…

Read Full Article, Yale E 360

A New Look At What’s In ‘Fracking’ Fluids Raises Red Flags

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Scientists are getting to the bottom of what’s in fracking fluids — with some troubling results. Credit: Doug Duncan/U.S. Geological Survey.

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As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids used raises concerns over several ingredients.

The scientists say out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds in “fracking,” there’s very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

EPA Implicates Fracking In Pollution, AP (12-11-2011)

On Fracking Front, A Push To Reduce Leaks of Methane (04-13-2014)
Scientists, engineers, and government regulators are increasingly turning their attention to solving one of the chief environmental problems associated with fracking for natural gas and oil – significant leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas…

Dangerous Levels of Radioactivity Found at Fracking Waste Site, Guardian UK (11-02-2013)

Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Likely Harmed Threatened Fish Species, USGS (08-30-2013)

Hydrofracking, Water, Watersheds, and the Ocean (02-28-2011)
With hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.
The Ocean connects all things…

California City Becomes First To Vote To Ban Fracking (04-25-2014)

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking, My San Antonio News (Uploaded 09-27-2011)
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground…