Shocker: Govt. Scientists Admit They Deceived the Public About Fracking’s Impact on Drinking Water...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There will be heavy pressure to revise the EPA’s conclusion — and the oil and gas industry will have major egg on its face. By Justin Gardner / The Free Thought Project  VIA ALTERNET Five years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was commissioned by Congress to undertake a study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on drinking water. This newer method of oil and gas extraction involves the pumping of highly pressurized water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations. Fracking has driven the boom in U.S. oil production and contributed to the steep drop in gasoline prices, but the environmental impacts of this relatively new technique are not well understood. The EPA’s draft study—released in June to solicit input from advisers and the public—found  that fracking has already contaminated drinking...

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OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS SUE ENERGY COMPANIES OVER EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE...

Jan 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki,File This Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 file photo of a chimney that toppled and went through the roof at the home of Joe and Mary Reneau are pictured through a second-story screen window in Sparks, Okla.   Oklahoma has been hit by swarms of earthquakes over the last few years, and some residents have had enough. This week, a group of 14 homeowners in Edmond, Oklahoma filed a lawsuit against 12 energy companies, claiming that the companies’ fracking operations have contributed to this uptick in earthquakes. Specifically, the lawsuit targets the companies’ wastewater disposal wells, claiming that the injection of fracking wastewater into these wells “caused or contributed” to earthquakes and constituted an “ultrahazardous activity.” In the lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County court, the residents...

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ALL IS NOT OK: OKLAHOMA RECORDS 70 EARTHQUAKES IN A WEEK...

Jan 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Katie Herzog   GRIST Hold on to your butts, Oklahoma: The big one’s a coming. The state experienced two of its largest earthquakes on record this week, measuring 4.7 and 4.8 on the Richter scale. And, the New York Times reports, this could be a harbinger of things to come. Big things. From the Times: The two quakes followed a series of smaller ones last week that peeled brick facades, toppled columns and caused a power failure in Edmond, an upscale Oklahoma City suburb. Some experts said those quakes hinted at the possibility of a larger shock. “I do think there’s a really strong chance that Oklahoma will receive some strong shaking,” said Daniel McNamara, a research geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado, who has followed the state’s quakes. Referring to...

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Why You Might Not Want to Be Pregnant in Pennsylvania...

Dec 18, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Or anywhere else where fracking is prevalent. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Praisaeng/Shutterstock.com The health issues associated with fracking just keep piling up. The unconventional gas drilling method, officially known as hydraulic fracturing, not only damages the environment by injecting toxic chemicals into the ground, which poisons groundwater, interrupts natural water cycles, releases radon gas and causes earthquakes, but it has also been connected to numerous health conditions, including asthma, headaches, high blood pressure, anemia, neurological illness, heart attacks and cancer. But perhaps most heartbreaking is the effect that fracking may have on babies. Studies have linked fracking to increased infant mortality and low birth babies. Now researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that expectant mothers who reside near active fracking sites in Pennsylvania...

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FRACKING EXPANDS IN LATIN AMERICA, THREATENING TO CONTAMINATE WORLD’S THIRD-LARGEST AQUIFIER...

Dec 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Fracking Spanning an area that includes southern Brazil and part of Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay, the Guaraní Aquifer holds 20 percent of South America’s water. By Santiago Navarro, Renata Bessi / Truthout   VIA ALTERNET December 11, 2015 Photo Credit: Calin Tatu/Shutterstock.com Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking – a method whereby hydrocarbons trapped within rocks are extracted – is expanding rapidly in Latin America. Fracking emits benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene, which are considered by the World Health Organization to be carcinogenic and responsible for blood disorders and other immunological effects. Despite these adverse health effects, however, reserves have already been mapped out in Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. In Mexico, recently passed energy reform legislation promotes fracking as a means of extracting shale gas – and with the reform,...

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OIL GROUPS PAID $10 MILLION, AND ALL THEY GOT WAS A 20-YEAR PASS TO FRACK THIS COUNTRY...

Dec 14, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Tracie Cone In this Dec. 18, 2012 photo, one of the region’s thousands of oil pumps sits in the foreground of the new Westside Parkway under construction in Bakersfield, Calif. Much of the economic boom Bakersfield is enjoying is because high oil prices and new technology for extraction have revived the $10 billion industry that seemed dried up 25 years ago when Kern County set out to diversify its economy and expand its tax base.   Kern County, California, where 95 percent of the state’s fracking takes place, is getting sued over a recent decision that did away with public notice and environmental review for oil and gas permits for the next 20 years. A coalition of environmental and social justice groups filed the complaint Thursday,...

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THIS ONE SUIT COULD TAKE DOWN OKLAHOMA’S OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY...

Dec 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Chad Devereaux works to clear up bricks that fell from three sides of his in-laws’ home in Sparks, Okla, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours. Oil and gas companies say the industry can’t survive if they are held accountable for earthquake damage.   Less than a week after state regulators shut down seven waste disposal wells in Oklahoma, two companies being sued for earthquake damages are asking the case be dismissed. Spess Oil Company and New Dominion LLC say that plaintiff Sandra Ladra waited too long to file her suit, which asks for $75,000 in damages stemming from being hit by falling rock when an earthquake struck her home and damaged her chimney. The earthquake was allegedly triggered by...

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THE OIL INDUSTRY IS ABOUT TO GET A BIG GIFT FROM CONGRESS...

Dec 9, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma U.S. refineries say they will take a hit if the oil export ban is lifted.   When Congress emerges on the other side of the annual scrum of budget-building, the oil and gas industry is poised to pick up a major win. The decades-old oil export ban — which was developed to protect American consumers and support energy independence — is unlikely to survive into the new year. The ban is expected to be lifted in a rider attached to the omnibus spending bill — which is stuffed annually with environmental cuts and attacks that can’t otherwise get passed — due Friday. Environmentalists and consumer advocates have largely come down against lifting the ban, which they say will increase fossil fuel extraction in the...

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THIS COUNTRY JUST PROMISED TO GET RID OF ALL OF ITS COAL PLANTS...

Nov 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth Tower Colliery in Wales, now closed, was the oldest continuously worked deep-coal mine in the United Kingdom, and possibly the world. The U.K. announced this week it would go off coal power in the next decade.   The United Kingdom will phase out coal-fired power plants by 2025, the country’s energy secretary announced Wednesday. This comes as welcome news to some — the U.K.’s electricity sector is responsible for a third of the country’s carbon emissions, and coal is a significant part of that. But Secretary Amber Rudd also emphasized the role natural gas would play in the country’s energy future, which disappointed environmentalists. “In the next 10 years, it’s imperative that we get new gas-fired power stations built,” Rudd said. “Gas is central...

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Meet the Federal Agency Rubber Stamping the Rampant Expansion of Fracking...

Nov 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The agency that once operated quietly under public radar has become the target of activist outrage for spearheading fossil fuel corporate domination. By Dory Hippauf, Ellen Cantarow / Truthout   VIA ALTERNET October 21, 2015 Photo Credit: Calin Tatu/Shutterstock.com The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a national agency with wide jurisdiction over gas industry projects, used to be one of those unseen government organizations that go quietly about their business, creating no headlines and flying under the public radar. But mounting citizen alarm about the high-volume hydraulic fracturing industry has changed all that, and FERC’s opponents have publicly accused the agency of being a spearhead for fossil fuel corporate domination of the United States and its resources. Early opposition to shale drilling was restricted to protests against what is commonly called fracking – blasting...

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HOW WILL WE REACH AN ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION AND WHO WILL BUILD IT...

Nov 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Chris Williams, Truthout | Op-Ed (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) We are now officially living amid the sixth great extinction, according to scientists, but the global economy has still not shifted to prevent climate change’s existential threat to human civilization and much of the biosphere. Will transnational corporations and the political leaders that cater to them realize that it is in their own interest of self-preservation to address the problem of global climate change by halting the unrelenting use of fossil fuels? What would it take for the capitalist economy to prioritize ecological concerns? Perhaps, when 10 of the largest oil and gas companies sign a letter calling on world leaders to sign an effective deal at the international climate negotiations in Paris in December, progress is being made. In a statement...

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STUDY LINKS FRACKING TO PREMATURE BIRTHS, HIGH-RISK PREGNANCIES...

Oct 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock Women who live near fracking wells were 40 percent more likely to have a preterm birth, a new study found.   A new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has linked hydraulic fracturing — the process of pumping chemical-laced water into shale to extract the oil or gas embedded within — to premature births and high-risk pregnancies. Preterm births were 40 percent higher among women who lived in areas of intense drilling and fracking operations, and these women’s pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to be considered “high-risk,” the authors found. Preterm birth — when a baby is born earlier than the 37th week of pregnancy — is associated with a range of medical problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

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ELIZABETH WARREN TORCHES BIG OIL IN A SIGNATURE MOMENT: “WE WEREN’T SENT HERE TO WORK FOR THEM”...

Oct 8, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Republicans want to lift the ban on crude oil exports — but Warren demands to hear from the experts first Sophia Tesfaye  SALON.COM FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The rich aren’t taxed enough and the middle-class is taxed too much. As for your taxes, you probably think they’re too high as well. Those are the results of a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which found that most Americans support President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise investment taxes on high-income families. The findings echo the populist messages of Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two liberals being courted by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party to run for president in 2016. The findings also add weight to Obama’s new push...

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One Woman’s Courageous Stand Against Fracking and the World’s Most Powerful Industry...

Sep 19, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] For many, fracking is additional evidence humans are radically altering the geology of the planet. By Andrew Nikiforuk / Greystone Books September 15, 2015 The following is an excerpt from the new book  Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider’s Stand Against the World’s Most Powerful Industry  by Andrew Nikiforuk (Greystone Books, 2015): Against all odds, on November 7, 2014, Jessica Ernst scored a victory in the courts. Her phone rang, and Ernst found both of her lawyers on the other end of the line. “It’s Murray here,” Klippenstein said, his voice breaking. “Jessica, we won.” In a lengthy decision, Chief Justice Neil Wittmann had granted Ernst the right to sue Alberta Environment for negligence. To emphasize his displeasure at how the government had wasted the plaintiff’s and the court’s time, Wittmann had also awarded Ernst...

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HOW EXTREME ENERGY LEADS TO EXTREME POLITICS...

Sep 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   By Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman, Foreign Policy in Focus | News Analysis As corporations and governments around the world scramble to access harder-to-reach fossil fuels in fracking wells and tar sands, the struggles of communities on the front lines of this expansion of extractivism are becoming more extreme – and more visible. And so is the backlash against any who resist. Indigenous peoples who find themselves “in the way” of extractivist projects are increasingly finding their territorial rights, among others, violated. A particularly salient example is playing out in Argentina. There, facing a shortage of traditional energy sources, the government has intensified the exploitation of shale oil and gas deposits. Along with these changes in energy policy has come a crackdown on those resisting fuel exploitation in their communities. Among...

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AS THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT PUSHES FRACKING, LOCALS PUSH BACK...

Aug 23, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha Page CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Jon Super Anti-fracking protestors walk in front of vehicles attempting to enter an exploratory drill site for the controversial process at Barton Moss in Manchester, England, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. Councils that back “fracking” will get to keep more money in tax revenue as part of an “all-out” drive to promote drilling, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.   The British government has made no secret of its support for fracking. Last year, it opened up bidding for fracking licenses on nearly half the country’s total land area. Now, as those licenses are starting to be issued, the government has warned local councils that applications must be considered in “swift process.” But anti-fracking activism in Britain has only grown. One county already rejected a permit application...

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WHAT’S BEHIND THE SPIKE IN EARTHQUAKE ACTIVITY OKLAHOMA HAS SEEN THIS YEAR?...

Aug 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Jess Burrow, left, and James Patterson, look over the damage caused outside the home of Joe and Mary Reneau when their chimney was toppled by Saturday’s earthquake, in Sparks, Okla., Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. A little over eight months into the year, Oklahoma has broken a new yearly record for earthquakes. The state recorded its 587th earthquake of 3.0 magnitude or higher early this week, breaking the previous record of 585. That record was set for all of 2014, meaning that Oklahoma has now had more 3.0 magnitude or higher earthquakes so far in 2015 than it did in all of 2014. So far this year, E&E News reports, Oklahoma’s averaged 2.5 quakes each day, a rate that, if it continues, means the state...

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How Dick Cheney Kicked off an Era of Cancer Clusters and Eco-Disasters from Fracking...

Aug 13, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS! The Energy Policy Act of 2005, which holds the Halliburton Loophole, exempts oil and gas firms from environmental protection laws. By Wenonah Hauter / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET   Photo Credit: Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock.com This past Saturday, marked a notable 10th anniversary. But it was certainly nothing to celebrate. Ten years ago, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The giant energy bill included massive giveaways for the fossil fuel, nuclear and ethanol industries and provided only token incentives for renewables and improved energy efficiency. But the most infamous piece of the law was what is now commonly known as the “Halliburton Loophole,” an egregious regulatory exemption that ushered in the disastrous era of widespread oil and gas fracking that currently grips our nation. Fracking— the extreme oil and gas extraction...

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SERIES OF EARTHQUAKES STRIKES OKLAHOMA NEAR WASTEWATER DISPOSAL WELLS...

Jul 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Ari Phillips CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Two relatively large earthquakes struck northwest of Oklahoma City midday on Monday within a span of about 20 minutes. The 4.0 magnitude and 4.5 magnitude quakes were accompanied by another 4.1 quake about seven hours later around 8:20 p.m. Two more smaller earthquakes also rattled the region throughout the day. The largest ever earthquake in Oklahoma was a 5.6-magnitude jolt in 2011. While there were no reports of damage due to Monday’s quakes, they could be felt as far across five states — Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas — according to the Weather Channel. The high level of seismic activity, especially in these closely linked swarms, follows a recent trend in fossil fuel-rich Oklahoma in which a dramatic spike in quakes has been tied...

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IS THE LOS ANGELES WATER SUPPLY BEING POISONED?...

Jul 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment California has investigated more than 2,000 injection wells for possible risks to public safety, clean water and natural resources, but Governor Brown hasn’t released the findings. Center for Biological Diversity Photo Credit: Anan Kaewkhammul/Shutterstock.com On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity urged California officials to release results from an investigation into thousands of oil industry injection wells in the Los Angeles area that may be contaminating water and threatening public health. “State oil officials need to come clean about this dirty threat to L.A.’s water supplies,” said Hollin Kretzmann, a Center attorney. “Gov. Brown’s administration has already admitted allowing other oil wells to dump waste into clean water. But this new investigation suggests an even wider oil pollution risk during the worst drought in state history. It makes no sense to sit...

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Big Texas Oil and Gas Torpedo a Small City’s Effort to Ban Fracking—Bye Bye Local Democracy...

Jul 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment The people spoke and were promptly ignored. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Following litigation from corporate interests including the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO), as well as pressure from the Texas legislature, the Denton City Council has repealed a first-of-its-kind voter approved ban on fracking that had been passed through a ballot measure during the November 2014 general election. Drilling operations have resumed, while residents have vowed to uphold the ban. Just hours after the fracking ban was passed, TXOGA, the oldest and largest trade organization in Texas representing petroleum interests, whose approximately 4,000 members produce in excess of 92 percent of the state’s crude oil and natural gas, and the GLO, the state agency responsible for managing lands and mineral rights owned by...

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EXPLORATORY DRILLING APPROVED FOR LOUISIANA WETLANDS...

Jun 22, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Alice Ollstein/ThinkProgress   The Army Corps of Engineers this week issued a permit for an oil and gas company to fill three acres of wetlands in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, where it will begin exploratory drilling — the first step towards hydraulic fracturing (fracking). The decision raised questions for local leaders and environmental advocates about how much control they have over their natural resources. The wetlands, in the town of Abita Springs, are part of a pristine aquifer — home to Abita Brewing Company, Louisiana’s most famous beer, and the sole source of drinking water for miles around. Unsurprisingly in a town where the official seal shows a woman kneeling by the water, the proposal to start fracking has been met with community outrage. In fact, Abita...

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CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS FOUND IN DRINKING WATER NEAR TEXAS FRACKING SITES...

Jun 20, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Samantha PageCLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero   Scientists have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the drinking water in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region — where a fracking boom has sprouted more than 20,000 oil and gas wells. Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington tested water samples from public and private wells collected over the past three years and found elevated levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic. Their findings, released Wednesday, showed elevated levels of 19 different chemicals including the so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds. Heavy metals are toxic when ingested, and BTEX compounds are considered carcinogenic when ingested. Exposure to BTEX compounds is also associated with effects on the respiratory and central nervous system. The study found elevated levels of toxic methanol and...

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McKIBBEN TO CLINTON: NOW IT’S REALLY TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Jun 12, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Marc Nozell An Open Letter to the Democratic frontrunner By Bill McKibben   GRIST Dear Secretary Clinton — In your husband’s years in office, the greenhouse effect was still fairly novel science; even eight years ago, when you were first running for president, climate change was not yet really a top-tier issue. In a sense, then, this summer marks the first chance most Americans have to really find out what and how you think about global warming — the challenge that more than any other will color the economic and foreign policy landscape for the years ahead. In hopes you might seize the moment, I offer a few suggestions. So far your rhetoric has been correct but eye-glazing, dominated by phrases like “urgent” and “moral” and “grandchildren” — the words skillful politicians use...

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FRACKING BANS NO LONGER ALLOWED IN OKLAHOMA...

Jun 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, who signed a ban on fracking bans into law on Friday. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki Oklahoma’s towns and cities are no longer allowed to ban fracking under a bill signed into law on Friday by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. The new law prohibits localities from choosing whether or not to have oil and gas operations within their jurisdictions, with exceptions for “reasonable” restrictions like noise and traffic issues. Other than that, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission will retain control over oil and gas drilling. The state commission is run by three elected commissioners, all of whom are Republican. Chairman Bob Anthony is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a group that advises the U.S. Department of Energy on oil and gas industry interests. And Vice Chairman Dana Murphy is...

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Fracking Ban In Maryland Will Go Into Law After Republican Governor Refuses To Veto...

May 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin CLIMATE PROGRESS Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. At the end of the day on Friday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will become the first-ever Republican governor to allow a statewide moratorium on fracking. A two-year ban on the natural gas extraction technique passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the state General Assembly earlier this year, and last weekend, Hogan announced that that he would not veto the bill. However, Hogan also said he wouldn’t sign the bill, instead simply allowing it to automatically become law under time restrictions for signing or vetoing. That time restriction expires at the end of the day on Friday. Fracking entails injecting a high-pressure mixture of water, sand, and chemicals underground to crack shale rock and release oil and gas. Environmentalists have long been concerned about the...

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How One Photographer Is Protecting Colorado from Fracking...

May 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Renowned nature photographer John Fielder on fracking, inspiration and “the most beautiful place on Earth.” By Sandra Lupien / Food & Water Watch  VIA ALTERNET Eagles Nest Wilderness Area, near Vail, Colorado Photo Credit: Kristin (Hawthorne Ave)/Wikimedia Commons Colorado is a headwaters state: the Colorado, Platte, Rio Grande and Arkansas Rivers all start here and wiggle and weave their sparkling ways through the Rocky Mountain State before reaching their far-flung mouths at far lower elevations. John Fielderwas just a teenager when he visited Colorado on a school science trip in the 1960s, but he knew it would one day be his home. He could not have known that as a renowned nature photographer, Colorado’s expansive public lands would become his muse—one he would be compelled to protect from threats like fracking. I...

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Scientists Discover Fracking Chemicals In Pennsylvania Drinking Water...

May 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] by Emily Atkin  CLIMATE PROGRESS Fracking opponents protest before the Tom Corbett inauguration to become the 46th governor of Pennsylvania at the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke The “foaming” drinking water wells of a few rural Pennsylvania homes have been infiltrated by chemicals commonly used in fracking operations, according to new peer-reviewed research. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, the research showed three homes in Bradford County with water wells containing multiple compounds similar to the mix used by drilling companies. The amount of those compounds were small, however, and did not pose a health risk, the authors said. Still, the scientists say their findings pose a direct refutation to industry claims that fracking poses no risk to drinking...

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The Tide Has Turned in Battle to Keep Fracking Out of Florida...

May 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Bogus fracking regulation bills were killed as a new anti-fracking movement is born. By Kim Ross / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: G. Fardner/U.S. National Park Service In 2013, ReThink Energy Florida was one of the few organizations fighting pro-fracking bills in the Florida Legislature in reaction to public attention on drilling near the Everglades. The bills failed to garner enough votes to make it into law. Each year since, state legislators have attempted to pass similar meaningless, pro-industry regulations. Each year, they have failed. But 2015 will mark the year that the tide turned in the battle to keep fracking out of Florida. We were among the Floridians shocked in 2014 upon learning that, while we’d been going to public hearings on one well permit, another had been secretly and illegally fracked. With this...

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Farmers are watering your food with fracking chemicals...

May 4, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock By Nathanael Johnson GRIST A story in the Los Angeles Times raises disturbing questions about the practice of irrigating California farmland with the wastewater from fracking. Here’s what’s happening: In the Kern County program, Chevron’s leftover water is mixed with walnut shells, a process the company says extracts excess oil. The water then flows to a series of treatment ponds. The treated water is launched into an eight-mile canal to the Cawelo Water District, where it is sometimes further diluted with fresh water. The water supplies 90 Kern County farmers with about half their annual irrigation water. The program is a good deal for oil companies, which view the water as an expensive nuisance. And it’s a bargain for the water districts. There’s a certain amount of WTF to all this —...

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