Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Gov. Cuomo, drilling protesters at state fair this morning
Published: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 11:31 AM Updated: Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:53 PM
Syracuse -- Dozens of hydrofracking protesters greeted Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the New York State Fair today in a late effort to convince him to ban the deep, horizontal drilling method within the state.
Cuomo, a Democrat in his second year, has not said whether he will approve the controversial drilling method. Supporters say hydrofracking will bring jobs while extracting natural gas; opponents fear contamination of groundwater and agricultural lands.
Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation is expected to issue its final decision on the matter in coming days. The DEC has been sharing some of its finding with gas industry representatives, a move that some take as a sign Cuomo is leaning toward approving the drilling method.
School librarian Erin Heaton, 42, of New Berlin, was among the crowd of protesters outside the Horticulture Building at the fair.
Heaton, whose hometown is where the Chobani yogurt manufacturing plant is located, said she is worried that fracking could cause environmental problems that would prompt the state's growing greek yogurt industry to leave.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
Hydraulic fracturing materials involved in Elk City explosion
The Saturday explosion at Hodges Trucking, a Chesapeake Energy Corporation affiliate, involved materials used in the production process of hydraulic fracturing, an Elk City fire official said.
BY JULIANA KEEPING | Published: August 13, 2012 0
ELK CITY — An explosion at a trucking company involved materials used in hydraulic fracturing, a fire official in Elk City said Sunday.
About 100 people were evacuated from their homes Saturday after the explosion that injured two people and sent flames and a plume of black smoke into the air about 9 a.m. at Hodges Trucking, 2491 S Merritt.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 7 p.m., about the same time those evacuated were allowed to return home, Elk City Fire Department Capt. Jackie Addington said.
Addington said the explosion was in the company’s yard and described the material inside a “frac tank” apparently involved in the incident as “highly explosive.”
According to its website, Hodges Trucking is an oil-field and heavy haul transportation company and an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Elk City is about 100 miles west of Oklahoma City.
One injured person was taken by air to Oklahoma City for treatment, Addington said.
Another victim was taken to Great Plains Medical Center in Elk City.
A man was treated and released at the medical center, said Monte Deramus, a Great Plains hospital administrator.
Addington did not have information on the victims’ names or conditions.
No firefighters were injured in the blaze, which remains under investigation, Addington said.
Bob Jarvis, manager of corporate communications for Chesapeake Oilfield Services, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation, said by email Sunday the investigation to determine a cause of the fire is ongoing.
The person being treated in Oklahoma City is expected to be released in the next day or two, Jarvis said.
Read more: http://newsok.com/hydraulic-fracturing-materials-involved-in-elk-city-
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
|Researchers Find Substantial Water Pollution Risks From "Fracking" To Recover Natural Gas|
Study recommends consideration of additional regulations to protect drinking water and encourages future research efforts into disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing
Aug 6, 2012 - 9:04:39 AM
STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 6, 2012 – Stony Brook University scientists have found that the disposal of contaminated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing – commonly known as “fracking” – wells producing natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region poses substantial potential risks of river and other water pollution that suggests additional regulation to reduce the potential of drinking water contamination.
In a paper titled “Water Pollution Risk Associated with Natural Gas Extraction from the Marcellus Shale,”which appears in the August 2012 issue of the journal Risk Analysis, published by the Society for Risk Analysis, Stony Brook doctoral student Daniel Rozell, P.E., and Sheldon Reaven, Ph.D., a professor in theDepartment of Technology and Society and the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, found that “Even in a best case scenario, an individual well would potentially release at least 200 m3 of contaminated fluids.”
Fracking involves pumping fluids underground into shale formations to release pockets of natural gas, which are then pumped to the surface. The Marcellus Shale region covers approximately 124,000 square kilometers from New York to West Virginia and is being intensely developed.
The researchers found that disposal of the large amounts of fracking well wastewater presents risks from salts and radioactive materials that are “several orders of magnitude larger” than for other potential water pollution pathways examined in the new study. Other water pollution pathways studied include a tanker truck spilling its contents while transporting fluids used in the drilling process going to or from a well site; a well casing failing and leaking fluids to groundwater; fracturing fluids traveling through underground fractures into drinking water; and drilling site spills at the surface caused by improper handling of fluids or leaks from storage tanks and retention ponds.
The disposal of used hydraulic fracturing fluids through industrial wastewater treatment facilities can lead to elevated pollution levels in rivers and streams because many treatment facilities “are not designed to handle hydraulic fracturing wastewater containing high concentrations of salts or radioactivity two or three orders of magnitude in excess of federal drinking water standards,” according to the researchers. The wastewater disposal risks dwarf the other water risks, although the authors say “a rare, but serious retention pond failure could generate a very large contaminated water discharge to local waters.”
In trying to understand the likelihood and consequences of water contamination in the Marcellus Shale region from fracking operations, Rozell and Reaven use an analytical approach called “probability bounds analysis” that is suitable “when data are sparse and parameters highly uncertain.” The analysis delineates best case/worse case scenarios that risk managers can use “to determine if a desirable or undesirable outcome resulting from a decision is even possible,” and to assess “whether the current state of knowledge is appropriate for making a decision,” according to the authors.
The authors found that “Any drilling or fracturing fluid is suspect for the purposes of this study” because “even a benign hydraulic fracturing fluid is contaminated once it comes into contact with the Marcellus Shale.” They suggest that “regulators should explore the option of mandating alternative fracturing methods to reduce the wastewater usage and contamination from shale gas extraction in the Marcellus Shale.” These would include various alternatives such as nitrogen-based or liquefied petroleum gas fracturing methods that would substantially reduce the amount of wastewater generated.
The authors concluded that “future research efforts should be focused primarily on wastewater disposal and specifically on the efficacy of contaminant removal by industrial and municipal wastewater treatment facilities.”Read More: http://commcgi.cc.stonybrook.edu/am2/publish/General_University_News_2/Researchers_Find_Substantial_Water_Pollution_Risks_From_Fracking_To_Recover_Natural_Gas.shtml
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