Tag Archives: environment

Thank you Captain Obvious

September 19, 2014


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From earthquakes to endocrine disruptors, this year has seen the release of a record number of studies about the variety of impacts from oil and gas drilling. And that makes the oil and gas industry very nervous. The problem is, not all studies are created equally. Some are more or less remarkable than others. Some […]

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USGS links earthquakes to gas drilling

September 16, 2014

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Wastewater injection is culprit for most quakes in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico SAN FRANCISCO – The deep injection of wastewater underground is responsible for the dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001, according to a study to be published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society […]

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Colorado’s fracking fight on PBS

September 9, 2014


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Click on the link to view a 9-minute PBS News Hour report on Colorado’s fracking fight that is well worth your time. Colorado fracking fuels fight between state and local government over control In Colorado, the debate over pumping pressurized water underground to extract oil and natural gas has turned local and state governments into […]

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The Real Cost of Fracking

August 28, 2014



The Real Cost of Fracking: How America’s Shale Gas Boom Is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food By Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald Beacon Press August 2014 256 pages In 2012, veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell University professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald published their study, “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health.” […]

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WSCOGA and WCC feud

August 26, 2014



Last week COGA’s Doug Flanders said that activists who are concerned about the impacts of drilling and fracking on public health and the environment are “extremists” and they “aren’t tethered to reality.” However before that happened, Dave Ludlam, executive director of the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association (WSCOGA) took on the Western Colorado […]

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End fossil fuel subsidies

August 22, 2014


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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home. Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early […]

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Another fracking study defines health threat from toxic emissions

August 21, 2014



This time it’s in Maryland. Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland The University of Maryland study, released Monday, warns that drilling and fracking for natural gas will harm the health of workers, residents, and communities in Western Maryland. Commissioned in 2011 by executive order […]

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FracFocus is a fraud

August 19, 2014


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Last week a new report published by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) disclosed that between 2010 and July 2014, diesel was used in fracking operations at 351 wells by 33 different companies. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires a permit when operators intend to use diesel. None of the companies had obtained a permit. Fracking […]

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SWPA-EHP: a model for fracking states

August 15, 2014

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SWPA-EHP is the acronym for Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. Yes, Pennsylvania again. The same state featured in the Blackout in the Gaspatch report. Why is Pennsylvania the focus of so much research? I can think of several reasons why researchers would want to investigate Pennsylvania’s gasfields. With almost 80,000 gas wells, in an area […]

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Dirty diesel drillers

August 14, 2014


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Another study exposes government’s failure to regulate the oil & gas industry with existing rules that are already in place. To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL. Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected […]

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