As part of his wide-ranging research, Seismologist Austin Holland is proposing to inject pressurized water into porous rock in an area already known to be earthquake-prone, to see whether injections of oil industry wastewater are contributing to a "swarm" of earthquakes rocking the state.
California regulators said on Friday an enhanced monitoring regime for oil and gas production that is part of the state's new fracking regulations would shore up groundwater protection, a top concern in the growing state.
Braden Reddall and Rory Carroll
, November 15, 2013
My educational and research backgrounds are in hydrogeology, groundwater monitoring and water quality analysis. With that in mind, I’d like to clarify several points Dexter Perkins made about fracking in North Dakota and its risk to groundwater quality.
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press.
Big energy companies have been trying for five years to tap the riches of the Marcellus Shale in southern New York, promising thousands of new jobs, economic salvation for a depressed region, and a cheap, abundant, clean-burning source of fuel close to power-hungry cities.
In his recent op-ed, Chris Faulkner told us that unconventional oil development — especially fracking — in western North Dakota is great for our state and country and poses no risks (“All benefit at very little cost: That’s fracking,” Page A4, May 10).
This week, President Barack Obama praised renewable energy, conservation — and fracking for natural gas. His support for fracking is upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise support his climate plan.
A comprehensive government study of the effects of shale gas drilling on water quality and the environment won't be completed until 2016, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official said this week during an Ohio conference.
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