At a forum in Athens sponsored by the Ohio Environmental Council, Orianna Carter, an associate professor of biological science at Ohio University’s Southern Campus in Ironton, noted that the earth has undergone some very serious droughts in the past few years, and that 2012 was the hottest year on record in a century of record-keeping.
In some parts of the United States in recent years, Carter said, “waters are sizzling,” fish are dying, and water levels are dropping.
Hydraulic fracturing is a hotly debated issue and continues to gather momentum as an option for sourcing much needed energy resources. Fracking extracts natural gas by pumping water, sand and chemicals down drill holes. Concerns include the amount of water the process requires and possible contamination of ground water supplies.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has officially blamed water contamination on a natural gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
The process involves pumping a slurry of sand, water, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack the bedrock and release pockets of methane, which is how EPA says the drilling company EnCana contaminated groundwater outside Pavillion, Wyoming.
A 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Ohio on New Year's Eve did not occur naturally and may have been caused by high-pressure liquid injection related to oil and gas exploration and production, an expert hired by the state of Ohio said on Tuesday.
Ohio's Department of Natural Resources on Sunday suspended operations at five deep well sites in Youngstown, Ohio, where the injection of water was taking place, while they evaluate seismological data from a rare quake in the area.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the first time has implicated hydraulic fracturing — a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells — for causing groundwater pollution. The EPA’s findings add fuel to a growing movement to protect watersheds and communities statewide. This past week, the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council became one of the latest groups to plead formally for protection from the gas drilling procedure, also called hydrofracking, which involves blasting chemical-laced water into the ground.
A law firm has demanded that Pennsylvania environmental regulators force a natural-gas driller to continue delivering replacement water to residents of a town whose drinking water wells were tainted with methane and possibly hazardous chemicals. Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has been delivering water to homes in the northeastern Pennsylvania village of Dimock since January 2009. The Houston-based energy company asserts Dimock's water is safe to drink and won regulatory permission last month to stop the water deliveries by the end of November.
Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing of the Utica Shale Layer below eastern Ohio in an effort to extract Natural Gas is a relatively new process that requires explosives and drilling 1.5 miles below the surface of the earth. This video reflects industry and environmental perspectives on the issue of regulating Fracking well sites. Currently, these sites are exempt from the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The US EPA is currently doing a study on the effects of fracking on drinking water supplies. Preliminary results of this study will be made public in December 2012.