Shale gas, tight oil, and fracking – headlines

July 31, 2013

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Fracking Tied to Pennsylvania Water Woes by EPA Official

Mark Drajem, Bloomberg
An Environmental Protection Agency employee said gas drilling damaged drinking-water aquifers in a Pennsylvania town, according to a presentation the staffer prepared for superiors before they agreed to end deliveries of clean water to the residents.

The previously unreleased document found that drilling known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, in which water, sand and chemicals are shot underground to free trapped gas, caused methane to leak into domestic water wells in Dimock, Pennsylvania. The findings contradict those of Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., which drilled in the town and said the explosive methane gas was naturally occurring in domestic wells…
(29 July 2013)

Industry Pressure Shuts Down EPA Fracking Investigations

Farron Cousins, DeSmogBlog

Image RemovedIndustry Pressure Shuts Down EPA Fracking Investigations, Watch our Ring of Fire interview (via Desmogblog)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has spent countless taxpayer dollars and man-hours over the last few years investigating the environmental threats posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in many regions across the United States. And…


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