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So fracking does contaminate water after all.

A new study by Stanford scientists published in Environmental Science & Technology finds for the first time that fracking operations near Pavillion have had clear impact to underground sources of drinking water. The research paints a picture of unsafe practices including the dumping of drilling and production fluids containing diesel fuel, high chemical concentrations in […]

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With 10 years experience to go by, 51% of Americans are opposed to fracking

More than ever, the American public is opposed to hydraulic fracturing—the method of oil extraction also known as fracking—which now accounts for half of U.S. oil production. A recent Gallup poll asked a random sample of about 1,000 adults whether they favor or oppose fracking as a means of increasing the production of natural gas […]

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Gold Standard Regulation?

The Environment Agency recently consulted the fracking industry on the regulations they need to follow. We know from various countries that a key nuisance and many health impacts come from damage to air quality. The advice to the industry seems to be less than robust. Just over half of one page of the 50 in […]

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What is in the water that comes back after a ‘frack’?

Of the 3 million gallons plus water that accompanies the sand and chemicals to perform the frack, around 30% returns to the surface. Where the remaining 70% goes to is uncertain according to the industry. The shale layer is millions of years old and contains a wide variety of chemicals as well as bubbles of […]

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World class regulation – if this is the result then no thanks.

The company who owns the LA well that has been leaking out of control was aware of leaks 24 years ago and was given grants to repair this and other wells recently. They chose to ignore the absence of a shut off valve, ancient, corroded well casings and the level of risk. Why do regulators […]

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Quakes get ever more problematic in Oklahoma

A pair of moderate earthquakes shook northwest Oklahoma late Wednesday night, part of a swarm of Sooner State temblors that has produced more than two dozen quakes in less than 24 hours. A 4.7-magnitude tremor was followed 30 seconds later by another 4.8-magnitude quake centered in a sparsely populated area about 20 miles northwest of […]

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Quakes getting ever bigger – Canada

From Gizmojo today – The largest quake caused by the fracking itself. You know that never happens as the industry keep telling us so. Well….. Canada set a new world record for the largest earthquake ever triggered by fracking. Fantastic. Progress Energy put a hold on their hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in northern British […]

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Are industry funded environment impact assessments of value?

Can we be reassured by industry funded health impact assessments?

One new development in the safety and benefit of a major project is the computer modelled health or environment impact assessment. This is usually funded by the developer and the details of the calculations are often not disclosed. At a recent consultation event on fracking the HIA expert repeatedly reassured the ever increasingly disbelieving audience […]

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A helpful comment from an ethical financial advisor regarding regulation of industry.

We need of course to consider the effectiveness of regulation in general. Unfortunately recent history is full of regulatory failures where businesses have resorted to subterfuge or camouflage to get round supervisory oversight in the pursuit of profit. Sometimes businesses simply treat the cost of non-compliance and the resulting fines as part of their project […]

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Fracking and the possible risks to health

A talk about the essentials of fracking and the possible risks to health. It is such a multi-layered and dense subject that it has to be a brief summary of the evidence. For further reading have a look at a few of the references elsewhere on this site and dip into the chunky evidence in […]

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An Interesting blog from New Brunswick.

While checking various states and provinces for detailed health impact statements, I came across this great blog. There are many questions and answers but what stuck me was they similarity in their experience to ours. Much of the reassurance and frack-speak was being used in New Brunswick years ago in an attempt to gain social […]

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Should we risk Babies and their Mums?

In a detailed study from one of the worlds best centres – Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Professor Brian Schwartz and others looked at the effects on mothers and babies from living near to fracking fields. They looked at 9,384 mothers and 10,946 newborn babies. They checked how far they had been from […]

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You cannot make bad stuff go away

California Government Department of Conservation published its bulky investigation into the ability to mitigate the various impacts of fracking. It was very wide ranging and considered how regulation and engineering might be fine tuned to make the risk of bad impacts go away. They categorised the outcomes on a 1-4 scale where 1 was Unavoidable […]

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What does the actual frack sound like?

The redoubtable Vera Scroggins recorded Halliburton on a frack in USA. You don’t have to listen to it all. Will a pile of shipping containers make this all go away? Third Energy claim a pile of metal boxes faced with tarpaulin will render the noise acceptable. While regulators may think they have done everything they […]

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