Posts Tagged 'Marcellus Shale'

Companies aren’t reporting their fracking operations

According to a Bloomberg report, energy companies aren’t complying with a self-reporting system for fracking.

Amid calls for government regulations mandating disclosure of fracking operations, oil and gas companies established a Website called FracFocus.org on which they pledged to voluntarily list the wells where fracking would take place. The site received funding from oil and gas trade groups and $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

But Bloomberg compiled data ...

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Study suggests connection between earthquakes, fracking

A recent study suggests a connection between the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and earthquakes, according to the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post reports that researchers used temporary seismographs to detect earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or higher over a two-year period in a geologic area of Texas called the Barnett Shale.

Study author Cliff Frohlich identified 68 earthquakes in the study area, which was more than eight ...

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Nonprofit president: Water a major concern for fracking

In a piece for the Huffington Post, Pacific Institute President Peter Gleick attempts to cut through some of the extreme rhetoric on both sides of the fracking debate, and provide a clearer picture of what’s at stake with the controversial natural gas extraction method.

Gleick argues that fracking, the common name for hydraulic fracturing, isn’t inherently good or bad.

“But good or bad things can happen as a result of fracking, depending on how it is implemented, where it is pursued, the ...

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Researcher on fracking study has industry ties

According to a Scientific American story, the lead researcher on a study that found no connection between the hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas extraction and groundwater contamination turned out to have significant financial ties to the natural gas industry.

The article says that the study out of the University of Texas last February had drawn criticism for being too easy on the natural gas industry.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” ...

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Study will look at impact of fracking on drinking water

According to an article in the Wilkes Barre Times Leader, a new study aims to answer the question of whether the toxic fluids used in natural gas drilling can pose a threat to drinking water.

Researchers will examine a hydraulic fracturing site in southwestern Pennsylvania, located over Marcellus Shale — a gas-rich rock formation thousands of feet under large parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known ...

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Critics worry about fracking’s impact on cemeteries

The process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has given rise to a new controversy – its impact on cemeteries.

A New York Times article on the issue says cemetery owners lease their mineral rights to oil and gas companies to allow fracking under the burial grounds. The report includes interviews with family members of people buried in those cemeteries, who express concerns that the practice might disturb the graves.

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