Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013, Andrew J. Gavin, deputy executive director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, told The Associated Press.

Report details risks of fracking sand mining

Los Angeles Times

Mining sand to meet the growing demands of fracking -- a practice currently common in parts of Wisconsin but with the potential to spread from Maine to Iowa -- poses risks to water, air, public health and property values in communities, according to a report put together by the Civil Society Institute, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pro-fracking ads unveiled at start of Marcellus conference

The Inquirer

Ads seeking to reclaim a positive spin on the word fracking are running in Pennsylvania, unveiled at the annual conference of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, The Inquirer reports.

WBM Management Inc.

Energy industry suppliers: Fracking equals jobs

Energy sector suppliers have a message for lawmakers: Stay out of the way of hydraulic fracturing, and we'll create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and generate billions of dollars in new tax revenues.

That was the bottom line of a new study by consulting firm IHS, commissioned by the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance, which estimates employment at companies that supply goods and services for the shale oil and gas boom could grow 45 percent to 757,000 jobs by 2025.

Fracking not ruled out in Pavillion water contamination case: Expert

Casper Star-Tribune

Two studies released this week found that fracking was not responsible for contaminating water in Pennsylvania and Texas, but the jury is still out on a case near Pavillion, Wyo., experts told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.

Study ties quakes to fracking

The Wall Street Journal

A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Improving technology keeps US shale boom going

The Wall Street Journal

Better technology which has vastly improved well productivity means there’s a possibility the U.S. shale boom could continue into 2040 and beyond, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Researchers say their biochar can clean frack water


After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.

Study finds health problems in people living close to gas wells

USA Today

Breathing difficulties and skin problems were more prevalent in people living closer to natural gas wells than in those further away, according to a study by Yale University researchers into hundreds of southwestern Pennsylvania residents who get their drinking water from wells, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, USA Today reports.


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