Tag: hydraulic fracturing

D’OH! …as Homer Simpson would say

Seriously though. The utter shame of it all. The Pennsylvania DOH (Department of Health) has shunned those suffering with health issues in the shale gas patch in the past, so their latest withdrawal comes as no surprise. But the PITT withdrawal was a big… Continue Reading “D’OH! …as Homer Simpson would say”

Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’

Permitting reforms would benefit the nearly completed Mountain Valley Pipeline to move fracked gas from Manchin’s home state of West Virginia to Eastern seaboard states. VOX explains previous deal making in a September 13, 2022 story: This summer, he [Manchin] struck a deal with Senate… Continue Reading “Pipelines & Powerlines: The Joe Manchin ‘Side Deal’”

Eureka Resources Back in the News

Employee dies of “chemical and thermal burns” from a “chemical explosion” in an industrial accident OSHA is investigating. Eureka Resources has a prior investigation history with OSHA: Source: United States Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration Some will recall this August… Continue Reading “Eureka Resources Back in the News”

Another Chapter in the ‘Stuck on Stupid’ Marcellus Shale Gas Saga

This guest essay first appeared on Inquirer.com on September 16, 2022.  and was reprinted in the PA Environment Digest Blog on September 17, 2022. The deadline for submitting public comments on this process to DEP is Monday September 19. PA DEP Needs to Evaluate… Continue Reading “Another Chapter in the ‘Stuck on Stupid’ Marcellus Shale Gas Saga”

Federal Appeals Court Rejects PA Senate Republican Caucus Challenge To DRBC Fracking Ban

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 16, 2022 (Note: Photos below were added to the original blog) On September 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision affirming that Pennsylvania state legislators and municipalities… Continue Reading “Federal Appeals Court Rejects PA Senate Republican Caucus Challenge To DRBC Fracking Ban”

STUDY: Fossil Fuel Pollution Likely Accelerates Lung Cancer

September 10, 2022 news headlines spelled it out: “The latest work unveils this mechanism through a series of meticulous experiments showing that cells carrying dormant mutations can turn cancerous when exposed to PM2.5 particles. The pollutant is the equivalent of the ignition spark on… Continue Reading “STUDY: Fossil Fuel Pollution Likely Accelerates Lung Cancer”

New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban

Fracking could resume in England within six months Photo: Hydraulic fracturing (aka ‘fracking’) American-style c. 2010 in Pennsylvania Calls to resume fracking have met with ongoing resistance from campaigners who say the risk of earthquakes (see below) and water contamination, as well as extensive… Continue Reading “New British PM Liz Truss lifts 2019 fracking ban”

OXYMORON: Ruining Millions of Gallons of Water to Frac During a Drought

With some Marcellus Shale gas production requiring 17-million gallons of water just to frac one well, one has to wonder how it can be justified under drought conditions Map: Red Dots are withdrawal locations with water use restrictions. Susquehanna River Basin Commission Monitors Hydrologic… Continue Reading “OXYMORON: Ruining Millions of Gallons of Water to Frac During a Drought”

Photos of Fracking in the ‘Early Years’

New! Photo gallery of drilling and hydraulic fracturing the Marcellus Shale in 2010 and 2011 can be found here. Sample photo:

Proposed Landfill Leachate Evaporator: 45,000 gallons per day

Pa. DEP held 2 public hearings last week about a plan by a Westmoreland County landfill to build a gas-fired leachate evaporator (data sheet PDF). Environmentalists and nearby residents testified about their concerns, pointing out that the landfill accepts solid fracking waste that can… Continue Reading “Proposed Landfill Leachate Evaporator: 45,000 gallons per day”

Childhood Cancer Study near Fracking in S.W. Pennsylvania

On Wednesday October 5, 2022 community members and reporters are invited to hear about the progress that has been made and ask questions about the Childhood Cancer Study being conducted by researchers at PITT. Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) hosts meeting CCJ will host a panel discussion with… Continue Reading “Childhood Cancer Study near Fracking in S.W. Pennsylvania”

Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP

Small Penalties no Deterrent to Future Abandonments by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 30, 2022 Only 15 of the 256 conventional oil and gas operators who received notices of violation for abandoning wells without plugging them over the last… Continue Reading “Only 15 out of 256 Conventional Oil & Gas Operators Who Abandoned Wells Were Fined by PA DEP”

EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind ‘Fracked Water Wells’ in Dimock PA

In this newly released 41-minute video, we get a behind-the-scenes look at the turmoil and travesty of those ‘Dimocked’ by shale gas production, and the 9 square mile area of Pennsylvania that was once banned from further fracking. Hear about the shortcomings of state… Continue Reading “EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind ‘Fracked Water Wells’ in Dimock PA”

Residents, environmentalists and officials speak out against injection well

Company wants to add a second injection well at the Sedat site in Plum Borough, Allegheny County, PA The August 30, 2022 story by Michael Divittorio in the TRIB, Plum residents, environmentalists and other officials speak out against injection well conversion proposal, details a… Continue Reading “Residents, environmentalists and officials speak out against injection well”

Pennsylvania Farmers with Gas Leases Feel Shortchanged

Post-production costs for transportation and processing ‘gutting’ gas royalty payments below the required 12.5% minimum An August 25, 2022 story by Mike Jones “Farmers discuss natural gas royalties with state, local leaders” in the Observer-Reporter included quotes from several local farmers lamenting their shrinking… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania Farmers with Gas Leases Feel Shortchanged”

Pa. Senator Says Pennsylvania Bypassed Feds & Issued “Illegal” Permit

Threatens Dimock Waterways With Radioactivity From Fracking File photo: Dimock billboard in August 2011 A story and podcast by Public Herald on August 29, 2022 tells of serious deficiencies and questionable practices at the PA DEP: Radium is not a required part of testing… Continue Reading “Pa. Senator Says Pennsylvania Bypassed Feds & Issued “Illegal” Permit”

Fracking ‘Groundhog Day’ in Washington County PA

Just when we thought we had seen an end to leaky frac wastewater impoundments – the size of football fields – we see new permit requests. Be sure to comment! PA DEP Invites Comments On 2 Proposed Oil & Gas Wastewater Impoundments by Range… Continue Reading “Fracking ‘Groundhog Day’ in Washington County PA”

Creating New Pennsylvania Brownfields

Oil & Gas Well Drillers Notified DEP They are Cleaning-up Soil & Water Contaminated with Chemicals Harmful to Human Health and Aquatic Life at 272 Locations in PA by David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 24, 2022 Conventional and unconventional… Continue Reading “Creating New Pennsylvania Brownfields”

Reflections on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity’

Q&A: Eliza Griswold Reflects on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity,’ Her Deep Dive Into Fracking in Southwest Pennsylvania Inside Climate News published that story by David Schribman with that same headline on August 21, 2022. While Shribman’s story focused on updates from the… Continue Reading “Reflections on the Lessons of  ‘Amity and Prosperity’”

Grant Township Charter Banning Drilling Wastewater Injection Wells Struck Down by Commonwealth Court

Decision appealed to Pennsylvania Supreme Court By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest | August 18, 2022 On July 12, Grant Township’s Home Rule Charter banning frack waste injection wells was invalidated by the Commonwealth Court. The Township has appealed the decision to… Continue Reading “Grant Township Charter Banning Drilling Wastewater Injection Wells Struck Down by Commonwealth Court”

Pennsylvania man whose life was destroyed by fracking urges Irish Government to block Shannon LNG

‘We never had cancer or anything like that before, and in one year, we had over 13 people diagnosed with cancer… all within a mile of my house’ Those were the headlines written by reporter Shauna Corr in an August 8, 2022 story and… Continue ReadingPennsylvania man whose life was destroyed by fracking urges Irish Government to block Shannon LNG

More leukemia in young children living near Pennsylvania fracking sites

New study finds that children born within 1.24 miles (2 kilometers) of an active well site were 2 to 3 times more likely to be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia between the ages of 2 and 7. Researchers at the Yale School of Public… Continue Reading “More leukemia in young children living near Pennsylvania fracking sites”

Conventional Oil & Natural Gas Drilling

GUEST POST: An Industrial Machine Moving Across the PA Countryside Leaving Behind Big Liabilities and Spreading Pollution Everywhere It Goes By David E. Hess – PA Environment Digest – August 3, 2022 On July 30, Gov. Wolf directed the Department of Environmental Protection to… Continue Reading “Conventional Oil & Natural Gas Drilling”

WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts

PBS FRONTLINE Series Links to all 3 videos: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/documentary/the-power-of-big-oil/ DESCRIPTION In an epic three-part documentary series, FRONTLINE investigates the decades-long failure to confront the threat of climate change and the role of the fossil fuel industry. Part One charts the fossil fuel industry’s early… Continue Reading “WATCH: The Power of Big Oil – 3 Parts”

Thrills & Spills

Due to all the oil and gas drilling violations in Pennsylvania, someone once said, “If they’re drilling they’re spilling.” This latest report from the former head of the Pennsylvania DEP, David E. Hess, brings us up to date: 16 Oil & Gas Facility Spill,… Continue Reading “Thrills & Spills”

GUEST POST – Cancer and the Environment

*This post originally appeared on The PediaBlog on July 22, 2021. “Cancers ravage people in Southwestern Pennsylvania. As community leaders, parents and caregivers, health care providers, business owners, researchers, advocates—we all want to do everything we can to support them and prevent others from having to face a… Continue Reading “GUEST POST – Cancer and the Environment”

Will the EPA also get Sued over Pennsylvania Air?

On Tuesday, the Center for Biological Diversity sued the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demanding action on the air pollution emitted by Colorado’s oil and gas industry. The news story appeared in THE HILL, “Conservation group sues EPA over fracking smog in Colorado” and… Continue Reading “Will the EPA also get Sued over Pennsylvania Air?”

LNG Export Outage Helping US Prices

The June 8, 2022 explosion and fire at the FREEPORT LNG export terminal in Quintana, Texas, dropped the Henry Hub commodity price for natural gas, from $9.34 two days before the incident to $7.26 a week later, a huge 23% price drop. Conversely, LNG… Continue Reading “LNG Export Outage Helping US Prices”

Unleashing the American LNG ‘Trojan Horse’

While the CEO of the largest US shale gas producer keeps talking about “unleashing” Marcellus Shale natural gas, and more specifically, it’s condensed liquid form, LNG, we’re suddenly snapped back to its radioactive realities. Reporter JUSTIN NOBEL spelled it out in his June 9,… Continue Reading “Unleashing the American LNG ‘Trojan Horse’”

‘Protect Our Parks’ in Allegheny County, PA

Allegheny County Council held a public hearing June 9, 2022 on legislation to prevent the leasing of additional county parks for gas production activities, following the non-surface oil and gas lease signed in October 2014 for Deer Lakes Park, to allow hydraulic fracturing under… Continue Reading “‘Protect Our Parks’ in Allegheny County, PA”

Pennsylvania Must Act

Today’s PA Environment Digest Blog contained important testimony from the Pennsylvania Senate Hearing held last Thursday and seen in its entirety in this video. Brian S. Schwartz, MD, MS laid it out with crystal clarity in his June 2, 2022 testimony: “We’ve studied asthma… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania Must Act”

Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Senators Katie Muth and Jim Brewster hosted a public hearing in Monroeville, PA: “Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It.” Watch the 2 hour and 44 minute hearing video… Continue Reading “Fracking Public Health and Policy in Pennsylvania”

Oil and Gas Industry’s “Disaster Capitalism”

Have you fallen victim to the oil and gas industry’s disinformation campaign? Have a listen to this new Podcast, or read the transcript, to find out for yourself: New Research: Big Fossil’s Disaster Capitalist Response to Russia-Ukraine“In the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,… Continue Reading “Oil and Gas Industry’s “Disaster Capitalism””

Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee is ‘Chump Change’

If you take a look at how much Texas nets from its severance tax on oil and gas production, you realize how badly Pennsylvanians are getting screwed with mere ‘chump change’ impact fees. There have been multiple efforts over the years, the latest by… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee is ‘Chump Change’”

Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer

The story ‘Preparing for Petrochemicals‘ by Rick Mullin appeared on Chemical & Engineering News (c&en) on May 9th. The author took a balanced approach to what this massive Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex (aka ‘cracker plant’) will mean to Beaver County and the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania tri-state… Continue Reading “Frackin’ & Crackin’ Plastic This Summer”

All Hail Marcellus Shale

Robert Donnan ©2009 Enter the darkness, in the ground,Frack it, attack it, damn that sound!Gas to be drilled, big money found,Spewing secret chemicals all around.  Steal the water, from the fish,Pump it, pipe it, spot the dish.Secret formula? Aw tish-tish,Resolve it later, don’t we wish!  Will… Continue Reading “All Hail Marcellus Shale”

Risks and Harms of Fracking and Oil and Gas Infrastructure

On April 28, the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Concerned Health Professionals of New York released their Eighth Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking and Associated Gas and Oil Infrastructure. The Compendium is a collection of… Continue Reading “Risks and Harms of Fracking and Oil and Gas Infrastructure”

The ‘Un-Natural Gas’ Radioactive Waste Stream

A well-written and researched story by Justin Nobel was published yesterday on DeSmog: ‘This Needs to Be Fixed’: Nuclear Expert Calls Radioactivity Levels Found Outside Ohio Oilfield Waste Facility ‘Excessive’. Justin’s MUST READ story is about a facility in Martins Ferry, Ohio, that processes… Continue Reading “The ‘Un-Natural Gas’ Radioactive Waste Stream”

Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom – How Policy Decisions Failed

The Environmental Health Project has just released its White Paper, “Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom: How Policy Decisions Failed to Protect Public Health and What We Can Do to Correct It“ The Environmental Health Project recently presented its white paper at the Pennsylvania State Capitol… Continue Reading “Pennsylvania’s Shale Gas Boom – How Policy Decisions Failed”