From the Ground Water Protection Council today:
Ground Water Protection Council Report Shows State Regulatory Activity is Increasing
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Earlier this week, Exxon Mobil released a report looking at the risks associated with shale development.
There is risk but it is a more desirable process than other forms of energy development, the energy giant said.
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From Texas-based Baker Hughes today:
The company announced in March of this year its plans to provide complete lists of all of its products and chemical constituents for all wells it fractures using its hydraulic fracturing fluid products, without detailing specific product formulations. In so doing,
"Introducing greater transparency about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process and protecting the ability to innovate are not conflicting goals," said
From the Great Lakes Commission today:
Great Lakes Commission report: Dramatic increases in crude oil production and transportation via rail
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From a press release today by two eco-groups:
Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson Submit Comments Calling on DOT to Enact Immediate, Comprehensive Changes to Crude Oil Rail Shipping Regulations
New draft regulations allow dangerous DOT-111 cars to remain on the rails for shipment of heavy tar sands crude and do not go far enough, fast enough, to protect the Hudson River and local communities
HUDSON VALLEY, NY – October 1, 2014 – Riverkeeper and Scenic Hudson jointly submitted comments on new regulations proposed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regarding new designs and other measures for reducing the risks of shipping explosive crude oil by rail. The formal comments describe in detail how and why the proposed safety upgrades fail to comply with federal law, sharply criticize PHMSA’s proposal for failing to require strict safety upgrades that will protect the public and urge the agency to use its emergency order authority to implement vital, immediate changes. PHMSA’s rulemaking is replete with loopholes and weak safety proposals, including:
“Put simply, these rules won’t stop the next bomb train disaster,” said Paul Gallay, President and Hudson Riverkeeper. “We deserve real protection for communities and the environment—not a rule that defers to the rail and oil industries at every turn.”To read more or comment...
Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.