Posts Tagged 'Marcellus Shale'

Newspaper says ban fracking waste in NJ

An editorial in the Newark Star-Ledger calls for Gov. Chris Christie to sign into law a bill that passed in the New Jersey legislature, banning the state from treating and disposing of the toxic waste produced by the natural gas extraction process called “hydraulic fracturing,” or “fracking.”

Christie signed a one-year ban on fracking in New Jersey last summer, buying time until the federal Environmental Protection Agency completes two studies.

The editorial points out that the ban is largely symbolic, since no ...

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Fracking a hazard for workers, scientists say

The natural gas extraction method called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is controversial primarily because of its potential impact on the environment.

But on a science blog for The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, four scientists with NIOSH point out another potential hazard from fracking – lung ailments for workers exposed to the process.

Fracking, used in the Marcellus Shale region of Pennsylvania, involves injecting a mixture of water and chemicals deep ...

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Fracking brings risk of earthquakes

There’s a higher risk of earthquakes when wastewater from the hydraulic fracturing process is injected back into the ground, according to a report by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

But a CNN story says it’s a small risk. Out of about 30,000 disposal wells nationwide, only a handful of noticeable tremors have been reported, with the strongest equivalent to a magnitude-4.8 earthquake, the panel of engineers and scientists concluded.

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

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Professor argues for federal oversight of fracking

Michael Krancer, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, argued against federal regulation of natural gas drilling during testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Bloomberg reports.

The “hydraulic fracturing,” or “fracking,” method of natural gas extraction employed in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region has proven controversial. It uses chemically treated water to free gas trapped in underground shale formations.

Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, testified before the ...

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