Conservationist files suit to shut-down or cleanup ash pits By Anne Blythe for The News & Observer, republished by McClatchy RALEIGH, N.C — Conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, Duke Energy [...]
Feds Link Water Contamination to Fracking for the First Time by Abrahm Lustgarten and Nick Kusnetz for ProPublica In a first, federal environment officials today scientifically linked underground water pollution with hydraulic fracturing, concluding that contaminants found in central Wyoming were likely [...]
In 2006 — according to a ProPublica report — a residential drinking water well in Garfield County, Colo., spewed gas and polluted water into the air after a nearby gas well was hydraulically fractured. Tests detected a chemical called 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE), commonly used in hydraulic fracturing, in the drinking water well. The EPA never studied the case, and Colorado officials did not pursue an in-depth investigation before the gas company reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with the homeowner that included nondisclosure agreements.
An environment vs. energy debate has been heating up over the extraction of natural gas from the Marcellus shale in Western Pennsylvania. Eventually, we expect the debate to arrive in eastern Ohio. The debate is mostly about a practice called “hydrofracking,” or just “fracking.” Fracking involves injecting water (“hydro”) into the [...]