PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas hasn't contaminated drinking water wells in Arkansas, according to a new study, but researchers said the geology there may be more of a natural barrier to pollution than in other areas where shale gas drilling takes place.
A new study from the World Resources Institute gathers the existing data on methane leaks from natural gas development sites and offers policy and industry options to reverse the trends, The Washington Post reports.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the debate over natural gas drilling, the companies are often the ones accused of twisting the facts. But scientists say opponents sometimes mislead the public, too.
Critics of fracking often raise alarms about groundwater pollution, air pollution, and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties. But some of the claims have little — or nothing— to back them.
A new university study suggested that natural gas fields may be contaminating northeastern Pennsylvania drinking water wells and acquifers, adding steam to the fracking controversy in the region, ProPublica reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 against an $18 million fine imposed on the natural gas company Southern Union for improper storage of mercury, FuelFix reports. Justice Sotomayor's court opinion limits the discretion of judges on criminal fines.
Gas drilling-related companies spilled oils, gases or chemicals about 134 times onto land and into water across Pennsylvania since Jan. 1, 2011, but the state rarely, if ever, notified the public. By law, it doesn’t have to, but officials from a dozen western Pennsylvania townships affected by the spills want such notification, The Associated Press reports.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pledged to push a vote to complete the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility in Nevada if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moves to limit filibusters, Roll Call reports.