Posts Tagged 'hydraulic fracturing'

Lawmakers raise concerns about fracking

In an opinion piece published in the Denver Post, two state lawmakers criticize a proposal before the Colorado legislature that would regulate the controversial process of natural gas extraction known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

State Senator Morgan Carroll and State Representative Rhonda Fields take issue with a provision to set the minimum distance between drilling rigs and homes at 350 feet, arguing that the distance should be a minimum of ...

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Residents near natural gas wells report health problems

Pennsylvania residents living near natural gas wells have reported a range of health problems including respiratory difficulties, skin rashes, severe headaches and fatigue.

Those findings come from a survey that Earthworks, a Washington-based environmental group, conducted of 108 residents in 14 Pennsylvania counties, Bloomberg reports.

According to the report, more than 5,000 wells have been drilled in Pennsylvania’s portion of the Marcellus Shale — a gas-rich underground formation that also extends into ...

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Penn State faculty balks at fracking study

A group of natural gas drillers has canceled a Pennsylvania State University study of the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” According to a Bloomberg report, faculty members refused to participate in the process, which had drawn criticism for being pro-industry.

The Marcellus Shale Coalition had paid more than $146,000 for three previous studies. The industry group ended this year’s report after work had started, Bloomberg ...

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Missed deadline could jeopardize N.Y. fracking approval

The approval of a controversial method of natural gas extraction may be delayed in New York, as the state Department of Environmental Conservation tries to come up with new rules governing the process.

A story in the Albany Times Union reports that state regulators have a Nov. 29 deadline to come up with draft rules for hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” But a DEC decision last month to add a ...

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N.Y. official rejects independent fracking study

New York Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens has rejected requests by health and environmental groups to have an independent party assess the health impact of the natural gas extraction method called “hydraulic fracturing” or “fracking.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is awaiting the results of a DEC review begun in 2008 before deciding whether to allow high-volume fracking in New York.

Fracking involves pumping large quantities of water underground to break up ...

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Groups plan “Global Frackdown” Sept. 22

Dozens of organizations worldwide are sponsoring an event for Sept. 22 called the “Global Frackdown,” to protest the hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas extraction.

According to the event’s Website: “The Global Frackdown will unite concerned citizens everywhere for a day of action on September 22, 2012 to send a message to elected officials in our communities and across the globe that we want a future fueled by clean, renewable energy, ...

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