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Uncovered DEP data reveals effects of fracking in PA

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The publicly funded and independent watchdog press Public Herald recently published the results of a three-year investigation in Pennsylvania that it says reveals “widespread and systemic impacts related to ‘fracking’.” The Herald first filed a request for records of complaints to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2011. The DEP declined to release the complaints, telling the Herald ...

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Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

Groups want freeze on oil waste dumping into water reserves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental groups sought a freeze Wednesday on permits to dump oil field waste into the country’s underground water reserves, alleging that lax federal oversight was threatening potential drinking water supplies. Groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council and Clean Water Action formally petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the moratorium. The agency would review the ...

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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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Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the Hudson River in New York. (Image: Tony via Flickr)

NEW YORK  — Watchdogs say a leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium below the Indian Point power plant in Buchanan is about 740 times the amount allowed in drinking water. Officials ...

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Lawmakers questioning Ohio agency over lead-tainted water

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Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state’s environmental agency why months passed before residents found out about their lead-tainted tap water. Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is calling on the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner. A state EPA spokeswoman says agency director ...

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Study: Fracking in Germany would not contaminate drinking water

Study: Fracking in Germany would not contaminate drinking water

A study by geologists at the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) found that developing Germany’s shale oil and gas with hydraulic fracturing would not contaminate drinking water resources. A Reuters report summarized its findings. Geologists used computer simulations to study what would happen to fracking fluids when injected into the bedrock of the North German Basin. “We ...

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DEP concludes six-month investigation of Tenmile Creek, finds no sign of radioactivity

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) concluded a six-month long investigation finding no indication of elevated radioactivity contaminating the Tenmile Creek, a primary source of drinking water tangled within the heart of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas fields. The study was conducted after questions arose following the DEP’s collection of surface water samples taken in the spring of 2014 when the ...

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EPA finds drinking water vulnerable to fracking

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A five-year investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of the boom in natural gas drilling and production has identified potentially serious vulnerabilities that could cause contamination of drinking water systems related to the use of hydraulic fracturing. While saying they found no “widespread, systematic impacts,” EPA officials say in a new report that they found “above and below ground ...

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Mexico oil spill affects drinking water for Tabasco city

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, contaminating rivers that normally supply the city. The spill late last week sent workers with the state-owned oil company scrambling to limit damage, and four of Villahermosa’s water treatment plants ...

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Berea City Council opposes fracking in areas near city reservoirs

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BEREA – Berea City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday expressing opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in watershed areas near the reservoirs from which the city draws its drinking water. Additionally, Berea College President Kyle Roelofs issued a statement that the college’s 10,000 acres of forest land “is not open to oil and gas exploration or development.” Fracking is ...

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