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Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

Methane in Texas water wells likely natural, report says

A report from the University of Texas further contributes evidence that hydraulic fracturing has not contaminated drinking water with methane in Parker County, or anywhere else in Texas. The research reaffirmed findings from the Railroad Commission of Texas, which showed through nitrogen fingerprinting that water contamination was naturally occurring. The main objective of the project was to improve understanding of ...

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Contamination levels dropping from ND saltwater spill

State and company officials say contamination levels have dropped along waterways affected by a massive saltwater spill in western North Dakota’s oil patch. A pipeline leak detected last month spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Williston. The wastewater is a byproduct of intensive oil drilling taking place in the Bakken region of North Dakota and Montana. North ...

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Prescribed burn called off at former nuclear weapons plant

BOULDER, Colo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called off a planned prescribed burn on the property of a former nuclear weapons plant west of Denver. The Boulder Daily Camera reports the agency canceled the burn Friday amid opposition from local governments and activists concerned about the danger of contamination. The burn was to be slightly more than 1 ...

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‘Don’t frack the Ohio River!’, W. Virginia citizens urge Tomblin

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West Virginia residents sent a letter to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin this week with a simple message: don’t frack under the Ohio River! The concerned citizens groups hope to convince Tomblin to reconsider a proposal by the state Department of Environmental Protection to drill for natural gas underneath the Ohio River. The Department announced it would begin accepting bids from ...

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Editorial: New findings on fracking

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Albany Times Union Editorial Our opinion: Two new reports further our understanding of fracking, but many issues remain. Two studies released this week suggest that the gas drilling process known as fracking isn’t in itself contaminating groundwater, but sloppy well construction. While some may see that as a vindication of horizontal hydraulic fracturing, it’s no doubt likely to seem like ...

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Pennsylvania DEP orders Range Resources to pay $4 million fine

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Don Hopey | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Range Resources will pay penalties totaling $4.15 million to settle violations related to six Marcellus Shale gas drilling and fracking wastewater impoundments in Washington County that caused soil and groundwater contamination. It’s the largest fine ever imposed against a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consent order ...

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Donegal Township families fight driller to get clean water

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Kari Andren | Tribune-Review From January to June, Ken and Mildred Geary had to use bottled water to cook, clean and shower because a leak from a gas drilling company’s pond contaminated their underground well water. The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled their well was contaminated by a nearby fracking operation. Mildred Geary first noticed the tap water ...

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Duke scientists: Fracking didn’t contaminate drinking water in Texas, Penn.

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John Murawski | The News & Observer A group of Duke University scientists often accused of anti-fracking bias have published their most definitive research to date linking shale gas exploration with methane gas contamination of drinking water. But their paper, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists, exonerates fracking from the most serious environmental risks. The ...

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Marcellus.com top 5 stories of the week 9/8 – 9/12

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Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media Here are the top 5 stories from Marcellus.com during the week of September 8 – 12: 1. Natural gas leads power plant capacity additions in 2014 The Energy Information Administration reported that over half of new U.S. power-generating plants that have come online in 2014 run on natural gas. Read more here   2. Yale, Penn ...

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