The Failure of Waste Injection Wells Nationwide

Illustration of a deep injection well for disposal of hazardous, industrial and municipal wastewater. Categorized as a "Class I Well" under the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act. photo: Wikimedia Commons

Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us by Abrahm Lustgarten for ProPublica Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as […]

Report Helps to Understand the Risk of Silica Sand

X-ray showing Silicosis complicada in the lungs. photo: Wikimedia Commons

OSHA rules on workplace toxics stalled by Jim Morris for iWatch News At 58, retired machinist Bruce Revers is tethered to his oxygen machines — a wall unit when he’s at home, a portable tank when he’s out. The simple […]

Pennsylvania Violations: With Every New Oil & Gas Well Drilled There Are No Guarantees

well and violation chart

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Oil and Gas Reporting Website,  oil and gas operators in the state have amassed 20,942 violations in the past decade, 3,393 of them issued for Marcellus Shale oil and gas wells. From […]

EPA Speaks Out: Tells New York to Regulate Natural Gas Development Carefully

North Central Pa. route before it hits the New York border where Marcellus Shale gas is currently being extracted, and a wastewater site is in the works that would treat water in Pa. but put New York watersheds at risk for contamination. photo: Melissa A. Troutman

EPA Sees Risks to Water, Workers In New York Fracking Rules by Joaquin Sapien for ProPublica New York’s emerging plan to regulate natural gas drilling in the gas-rich Marcellus Shale needs to go further to safeguard drinking water, […]

EPA Proposes New Frack Water Rules for 2014

Towanda Creek in Bradford County (PA) that was impacted by frack water during the Chesapeake blowout in April 2011. photo: Joshua B. Pribanic

EPA Plans to Issue Rules Covering Fracking Wastewater by  Nicholas Kusnetz for ProPublica The EPA took another step toward tightening oversight of hydraulic fracturing today, announcing it would initiate a process to set national rules for treating wastewater discharged from gas […]