Archive for June, 2015

Fracking Ban Enacted in New York State

June 30th, 2015 by James Amaro

After a seven-year-long study, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a statewide fracking ban for natural gas. The fracking ban makes permanent a temporary moratorium on fracking activities the agency announced in 2008. New York now joins Vermont as the only two states to place an outright ban on the practice of

A study conducted by UT-Arlington researchers shows that fracking wells in the Barnett Shale have contaminated aquifers that provide the region’s drinking water. The study found nearly 30 different types of contaminants in groundwater samples taken near fracking wells. Many of the contaminants found in the samples are known to cause cancer, liver disease, birth

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Researchers at the California Institute of Technology recently released a study that ties fracking injections to micro-earthquakes. The study examined how fracking injections lead to low-magnitude earthquakes in branches of major earthquake faults. While several studies have explored the statistical correlation between fracking and earthquakes, the Caltech study is one of the first to use

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Study Links Fracking Wells To Low Birth Weights

June 9th, 2015 by James Amaro

A recent scientific study found that mothers who live near fracking wells tend to have babies with low birth weights. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, examined data from over 15,000 live births southwestern Pennsylvania. This region of the state includes the Marcellus Shale, home to hundreds of natural gas fracking wells. While

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OK Gov. Signs Bill To Stop Local Fracking Bans

June 2nd, 2015 by James Amaro

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has recently signed a bill that would prohibit cities and counties within the state from enacting their own local fracking bans. Gov. Fallin and Republican lawmakers claims that the prohibition on local fracking bans serves to reinforce the authority of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission as the chief regulator of the state’s