Categories & Tags: oil and gas drilling

Faulty shale gas wells contaminated drinking water in two states   |   September 15, 2014
Drinking water has been contaminated in Texas and Pennsylvania as a result of shale gas drilling, and the cause was faulty gas wells, a new study has found. Scientists from Duke...

 

Report criticizes EPA oversight of injection wells   |   July 30, 2014
By Naveena Sadasivam, ProPublica Federal environment officials have failed to adequately oversee hundreds of thousands of wells used to inject toxic oil and gas drilling waste...

 

The money behind Big Oil's win on Atlantic drilling   |   July 23, 2014
In a controversial move, the Obama administration last week gave final approval for the oil and gas industry to begin conducting seismic testing to map potential offshore reserves...

 

North Carolina public gets a chance to weigh in on proposed fracking rules   |   July 16, 2014
North Carolina environmental regulators have opened the public comment period on proposed rules for fracking, a controversial drilling technique that involves injecting water,...

 

Opposition mounts to seismic testing for Atlantic oil and gas reserves   |   April 18, 2014
This Sunday, April 20 marks four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster began unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and setting off an 87-day gusher that...

 

The growing fight against oil and gas exploration off the NC coast   |   March 4, 2014
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) recently took time away from dealing with a water contamination disaster caused by dirty coal power to make the case for opening his state up...

 

Fossil fuel co. CEO: Fracking now, fracking tomorrow...   |   February 25, 2014
By Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams Despite reports of a "shale bubble" as well as climate, public health and water consumption concerns associated with fracking, Ryan...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Big Oil's push for seismic testing meets resistance   |   January 31, 2014
Number of people who packed a town council meeting this week in Kure Beach, N.C. to protest the mayor's decision to sign a letter drafted by an oil and gas industry lobby...

 

Obama takes on climate science deniers in State of the Union   |   January 29, 2014
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was a mixed bag for environmental advocates. Energy and climate got significant attention from the president. He...

 

More evidence undermines industry claims of fracking safety   |   January 6, 2014
The frequently asked questions page of the oil and gas industry's website promoting fracking poses the query, "Is the groundwater safe?" This is the industry's...

 

Fracking booms, workers busted   |   October 15, 2013
By Jerry Silberman, Labor Notes Fracking is promoted by everyone from the CEO of Exxon to President Obama as the solution to climate change, economic growth, jobs, and energy...

 

Dangerous levels of radioactivity found where treated fracking wastewater is discharged   |   October 2, 2013
A new study by Duke University scientists has found elevated levels of radioactivity and other pollution in river water and sediments at a site where treated wastewater from oil...

 

Fracking chemical disclosure divides North Carolina officials   |   July 2, 2013
Requiring public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking for oil and natural gas has proven to be a controversial issue in the states -- and in North Carolina the issue has...

 

NC governor-elect vows immediate action to begin drilling off Atlantic coast   |   January 2, 2013
The Southeast could soon be reaping the benefits and costs of offshore drilling for oil and gas if North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory (R) has his way. Speaking this afternoon...

 

Former Colo. gov tells N.C. fracking regulators that 'social licensing' is key   |   December 20, 2012
During his term as Colorado governor from 2007 to 2011, Bill Ritter helped reform how the oil and gas industry is regulated in his state, which is in the midst of a drilling boom...

 

Gas drilling drags down home values in communities that depend on well water   |   November 13, 2012
A study that examined the impact of shale gas development on housing values in a county at the center of the U.S. drilling boom found that energy extraction can present a mixed...

 

New evidence confirms that fracking endangers groundwater   |   September 28, 2012
The U.S. Geological Survey released two reports this week confirming that fracking for natural gas has led to groundwater contamination -- a fact that has been contested by the...

 

The trillion-gallon loophole: Lax rules for drillers that inject pollutants into the earth   |   September 24, 2012
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica On a cold, overcast afternoon in January 2003, two tanker trucks backed up to an injection well site in a pasture outside Rosharon, Texas. There,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A negligent oil industry dumps on Louisiana during Hurricane Isaac   |   September 7, 2012
Number of oil industry accidents reported in Louisiana so far in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, according to an analysis by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade: 93 Pounds of pollution...

 

Feds slam BP for gross negligence as oil washes up on storm-wracked Gulf beaches   |   September 6, 2012
With weathered oil believed to be from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster washing up across the Gulf in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and leading to the emergency closure of...

 

Oil, coal spills contaminate Louisiana in Isaac's wake   |   September 4, 2012
As the recovery continues from last week's Hurricane Isaac, details are emerging about oil spills and other toxic pollution left behind in the storm's wake. Staff with...

 

Environmental health risks detailed at Louisiana bayou sinkhole disaster site   |   August 22, 2012
An environmental advocacy group has released analyses of state air and water sampling data collected at the site of the Texas Brine salt cavern sinkhole where radioactive oil...

 

UT-Austin appoints gas industry insider to lead probe into fracking study conflicts   |   August 14, 2012
The University of Texas at Austin recently came under fire for releasing a study of groundwater contamination from fracking that it promoted as independent of industry when the...

 

Environmental disaster on Louisiana bayou highlights radioactive hazards of oil and gas drilling   |   August 14, 2012
Along with a massive sinkhole, anger is growing in Assumption Parish, La. as details emerge that state and corporate officials knew for over a year about the potential for...

 

Oil Addicts Anonymous: Gulf Chapter   |   February 1, 2006
On the same day that Texas oilman George W. Bush declared the country is "addicted to oil," a bi-partisan Florida delegation was gathering to propose a sweeping ban on...