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Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say. The fracking industry must be compelled to provide far more detailed information to regulators if the public is to be accurately informed of any risks to the environment, advocacy groups say.

Secrecy over fracking chemicals clouds environmental risks, advocates say

A report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month found that hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can lead, and has led, to the contamination of drinking water. It was the first time the federal government had admitted such a link. Environmental Protection Agency: Fracking causes drinking water contamination. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the final version of a comprehensive study on fracking that, unlike its first version issued in 2015, deletes the original conclusion that “no evidence that fracking systemically contaminates water.”

Environmental Protection Agency: Fracking causes drinking water contamination

“E.P.A. scientists chose not to include that sentence. The scientists concluded it could not be quantitatively supported,” Thomas A. Burke, the E.P.A.’s science adviser and deputy assistant administrator of the agency’s Office of Research and Development, told The New York Times Wednesday. Oklahoma hit by another fracking earthquake. Oklahoma’s string of man-made earthquakes continued with an new quake near the town of Cushing.

Oklahoma hit by another fracking earthquake

A magnitude 5.0 earthquake centered near one of the world's key oil hubs brought down building facades and shattered windows in a central Oklahoma city, rendering century-old buildings unsafe and raising concerns about key infrastructure. A 5.0 quake may not seem like much for those who live in areas where earthquakes occur naturally, but Oklahoma is in one of the most geologically stable regions of the country. Until recently the largest quake on record was a 5.5 shake that hit in 1952. Senator Introduces Plan To Cut Water Pollution From Fracking. A new bill would close loopholes that exempt oil and gas companies from certain clean water regulations, in the hopes of cutting down on water pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations.

Senator Introduces Plan To Cut Water Pollution From Fracking

The bill, introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), would get rid of two clean water exemptions for oil and gas companies — one enacted in 1987 and the other in 2005. The 2005 exemption, known as the Halliburton Loophole, came from a provision in that year’s Energy Policy Act and allows oil and gas companies to frack free from regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974.

Cardin’s bill, dubbed the FRESHER Act, would do away with the Halliburton Loophole. Fracking waste more likely to be located in poor communities and neighborhoods of color. Hydraulic fracturing — using a high-pressure injection of liquid into rock to release natural gas or oil — involves using a lot of water.

Fracking waste more likely to be located in poor communities and neighborhoods of color

Once that process is done, the fracking companies have to put that chemical-heavy wastewater somewhere. In South Texas’ Eagle Ford — an area that has been transformed by fracking — wastewater storage units are located disproportionately in neighborhoods of color and communities with higher levels of poverty, according to a recent study. Environmental Health News reports: Another reason fracking sucks: Study links fracking to even more health problems. You know the old saying: “Another day, another study linking fracking to health problems.”

Another reason fracking sucks: Study links fracking to even more health problems

A new study from the Yale School of Public Health links the chemicals used in fracking with potential reproductive and developmental problems. This isn’t exactly new — we’ve known for some time that fracking is connected with lowered sperm counts, as well as premature births and a host of other health issues. This particular study, however, raises concerns about wastewater in particular, which the researchers found is even more toxic than the chemicals used in fracking.

The New Haven Register reports: Local Control? Texas Fracking Billionaires Say ‘Not So Fast’ Why would Texas, a state renowned for its fierce defense of local rights, prohibit the good people of Denton—and any other municipalities—from banning hydraulic fracturing if that is what they choose to do?

Local Control? Texas Fracking Billionaires Say ‘Not So Fast’

Look no further than Dan and Farris Wilks. (Shutterstock) Last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that would, at first blush, seem at odds with the state’s ethos of local control and individual rights. Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water, Says Long-Awaited EPA Study. Photo Credit: Black Rock Digital/Shutterstock In 2010, Congress commissioned the U.S.

Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water, Says Long-Awaited EPA Study

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the impact of fracking on drinking water. Yesterday, the EPA released the long-awaited final draft of its report, assessing how fracking for oil and gas can impact access to safe drinking water. The report refuted the conclusion arrived at by the EPA’s 2004 study that fracking poses no threat to drinking water, a conclusion used to exempt the fracking process from the Safe Drinking Water Act. 8 Dangerous Side Effects of Fracking That the Industry Doesn't Want You to Hear About. Did the Government Illegally Open up 400,000 Acres in California for Fracking? The federal and state governments illegally opened up 400,000 acres for fracking in Southern California, which already has thousands of such dangerous oil and gas wells, environmentalists claim in court.

Did the Government Illegally Open up 400,000 Acres in California for Fracking?

The Center for Biological Diversity and Los Padres Forestwatch sued the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Secretary of the Interior and the director of California's Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday in Federal Court. They claim the governments violated the National Environmental Policy Act by approving fracking without proper environmental analysis. "Long term, business-as-usual oil and gas development in Central California, which is what the federal government has approved here, facilitates the expansion of high-impact unconventional extraction techniques, like fracking, in a region already overburdened by oil and gas activities, polluted air, extreme water scarcity and landscape degradation," plaintiffs' attorney Tamara Zakim told Courthouse News in an email.

Mothers in heavy fracking areas more likely to give birth prematurely: study. Don't miss stories.

Mothers in heavy fracking areas more likely to give birth prematurely: study

Follow Raw Story! Expectant mothers have a lot to be concerned about, but those living near fracking sites have even more to fear, an expanding body of evidence shows. Most recently, a data review of more than 10,000 pregnancies has linked living in heavily fracked areas with a higher risk of premature births. In the study, published Sept. 30… Big Texas Oil and Gas Torpedo a Small City's Effort to Ban Fracking—Bye Bye Local Democracy. Following litigation from corporate interests including the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TXOGA) and the Texas General Land Office (GLO), as well as pressure from the Texas legislature, the Denton City Council has repealed a first-of-its-kind voter approved ban on fracking that had been passed through a ballot measure during the November 2014 general election.

Drilling operations have resumed, while residents have vowed to uphold the ban. Just hours after the fracking ban was passed, TXOGA, the oldest and largest trade organization in Texas representing petroleum interests, whose approximately 4,000 members produce in excess of 92 percent of the state's crude oil and natural gas, and the GLO, the state agency responsible for managing lands and mineral rights owned by the state, filed two separate lawsuits against Denton, saying that the ban was arbitrary and unconstitutional. Senator Introduces Plan To Cut Water Pollution From Fracking. How Oklahoma went from two quakes a year to 585. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of shooting water mixed with sand and chemicals deep into the earth to crack rock formations and bring up oil and natural gas trapped inside (AFP Photo/David Mcnew) The central US state of Oklahoma has gone from registering two earthquakes a year to nearly two a day and scientists point to a controversial culprit: wastewater injection wells used in fracking.

Located in the middle of the country, far from any major fault lines, Oklahoma experienced 585 earthquakes of a magnitude of 3.0 or greater in 2014. That’s more than three times as many as the 180 which hit California last year. “It’s completely unprecedented,” said George Choy, a seismologist at the US Geological Survey. As of last month, Oklahoma has already experienced more than 600 quakes strong enough to rattle windows and rock cars. Sandra Voskuhl, 76, grew up in the rural oil boomtown and said she has never felt the earth shake like it did on July 27. – Could a ‘Big One’ hit?

Outlaws Fracking Disclosure. 2 Million Gallons of Water Daily. All resources, particularly natural resources, on Earth are finite and when they are gone there is nothing whatsoever that will bring them back. It is why conserving or managing resources is crucial to a civilization’s survival and why a resource like life-giving water is such a precious resource; particularly during a time of drought. As anthropogenic climate change is producing extremely warmer, and in many areas drier, weather, it would seem to be of paramount importance to take whatever steps possible to preserve a precious resource like water.

As California suffers the fourth straight year of an historic drought, Governor Jerry Brown took the unprecedented step of mandating a 25% reduction in water use for all Californians; it is virtually water rationing. However, it is unlikely California will reduce its water use by a quarter, partly because some residents do not believe the mandate applies to them, and partly due to corporations’ lust for profit. Scientists Discover Fracking Chemicals In Pennsylvania Drinking Water. By Emily Atkin Posted on. California Has No Idea What’s In Its Fracking Chemicals, Study Finds. A scientific assessment on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing in California found that, in large part, the chemicals used are not being identified or tracked, and it’s nearly impossible to tell how damaging the process is to California’s water supply.

Billions Of Gallons Of Fracking Wastewater Dumped Into California Aquifers - In October, 2014, the Center for Biological Diversity obtained a copy of a letter from the California State Water Resources Board which disclosed that nearly 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater had been illegally injected into California aquifers. Now it has come to light that the problem is worse than originally reported. Last July, California regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells due to concerns that the wastewater may have contaminated drinking water and water used to irrigate the state’s central valley farming region. New Research: Fracking Uses (and Loses) More Water than Previously Believed. Fracking’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report out yesterday that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is used by the oil and gas industry.

In Oklahoma, Fracking Companies Can Now Be Sued Over Earthquakes. Fracking May Release Cancer-Causing Radioactive Gas, According to Surprising New Study. Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Pennsylvania residents concerned about their state's fracking boom have another thing to worry about: radon. Fracking Linked to Increased Infant Mortality in Alarming New Study. Photo Credit: Dmitry Kalinovsky/Shutterstock. Fracking Linked to Low Birth Weight Babies. Photo Credit: Praisaeng/Shutterstock. Fracking Waste Injection Wells Linked to 60% of Earthquakes in Central and Eastern U.S. Fracking wells in the central and eastern United States have been linked to more than 60% of the earthquakes examined in those regions.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that of the underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, those involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes. Fracking's Water Footprint Is On The Rise. According to a new study released by the U.S. Fracking Pollutes Drinking Water, Says Long-Awaited EPA Study. Fracking Linked to Heart Conditions and Neurological Illness. Photo Credit: Michael G McKinne/