The EPA found that fracking can impact drinking water quality. That name stands for “a new way forward in mobility,” not “we’re making way mo’ cars that will drive themselves around while your grandparents make out inside.”
Anyone viewing this heartwarming brand identity video, though, can see that the latter is clearly part of the mission objective. The video also features a first: Steve Mahan, a legally blind man, rides around a residential neighborhood in Austin, Texas, in a Google car with no pedals or steering wheel — the first member of the public to make such a trip alone on public roads. That trip was taken in October 2015, a year before Otto, Uber’s self-driving truck company, made its historic autonomous beer delivery in Colorado.
Like Otto, Waymo plans to license its self-driving technology to automakers and trucking companies, rather than try to manufacture the cute cars featured in the promo video. Its first licensing deal is for 100 Fiat Chrysler minivans, but they’ll be for testing only and won’t be sold to the public. Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found In Drinking Water Near Texas Fracking Sites. Scientists have found elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the drinking water in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region — where a fracking boom has sprouted more than 20,000 oil and gas wells.
Researchers from the University of Texas, Arlington tested water samples from public and private wells collected over the past three years and found elevated levels of heavy metals, such as arsenic. Their findings, released Wednesday, showed elevated levels of 19 different chemicals including the so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds. Heavy metals are toxic when ingested, and BTEX compounds are considered carcinogenic when ingested. Exposure to BTEX compounds is also associated with effects on the respiratory and central nervous system. The study found elevated levels of toxic methanol and ethanol, as well. The researchers were clear that they had not determined the source of the metals and chemicals. “It’s challenging, but it’s necessary. Des additifs de fracturation hydraulique dans l’eau du robinet. Central Valley's growing concern: the mix of oil, water and crops. Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops.
Oil giant Chevron recycles 21 million gallons of that water each day and sells it to farmers who use it on about 45,000 acres of crops, about 10% of Kern County's farmland. State and local officials praise the 2-decade-old program as a national model for coping with the region's water shortages. As California's four-year drought lingers and authorities scramble to conserve every drop, agricultural officials have said that more companies are seeking permits to begin similar programs. The heightened interest in recycling oil field wastewater has raised concern over the adequacy of safety measures in place to prevent contamination from toxic oil production chemicals. Documents Reveal Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into Central California Aquifers. For Immediate Release, October 6, 2014 Contact: Hollin Kretzmann, (415) 436-9683 x 333 or email@example.com Documents Reveal Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected Into Central California Aquifers.
Frackers are dumping toxic waste into California’s groundwater. California can officially add one more disaster to its rapidly growing list of water woes: The EPA just found that at least nine fracking sites throughout the state have been dumping billions of gallons of contaminated wastewater into its protected aquifers.
Not only do many of these aquifers supply drinking water to residents throughout the Central Valley, they’re also reaching dangerously low levels due to overuse, as many farmers rely on aquifers for irrigation and have been overpumping groundwater supplies as the drought carries on. According to a letter sent to the EPA by the California State Water Resources Board, roughly 3 billion gallons of wastewater were illegally injected into aquifers throughout central California.
Une nouvelle arme contre le gaz de schiste dans le Var. Energy Action Coalition wants to Demand Justice For West Virginians whose water was poisoned. Hi.
My name’s Joe Solomon, and I live in southern West Virginia. Early this month 300,000 of my fellow West Virginians could not drink their water — thanks to thousands of gallons of toxic coal chemicals leaked by a negligent corporation. But as awful as this spill is, it is not an isolated incident. West Virginians have had their water poisoned by the coal industry for generations. West Virginia’s environmental protection agency is hopelessly compromised by the coal industry, and can’t be trusted to ensure safe, clean, drinking water — meaning more toxic disasters like this one are on their way.
Stop Massive Expansion of U.S. Gas Exports. Scientists: Tests prove fracking to blame for flaming Parker County wells. Fracking poses risk to UK farm animals and food safety, experts warn. The painting, propped up hastily on the roadside, depicts an alarming scene: a menacing, dark-haired man about to inject a young woman with an unknown chemical.
He has one hand around her neck, the other holds a bright red needle close to her face. The girl has an arm raised up in a last act of self defence – she's trying to protect her hair, pictured sweeping upwards into the brown trunk of a tree, and her dress, depicted as a vast, gushing river. Above, by way of explanation, a crudely made banner reads: 'A Lethal Injection. Fracking injects toxic & carcinogenic chemicals into the earth. 50 - 70% of this toxic fluid remains in the ground & pollutes the area's water, soil and air.' Further along the road, a larger, vivid-yellow sign hangs between two trees. Off the road, through a fenceline and across a green field, lies a sizeable clump of woodland. It's quiet – apart from the passing jets on their way to Heathrow or Gatwick.
Expose the Truth About Fracking. Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Goal: Provide more accurate and honest assessments of the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracking Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become extremely controversial as fossil fuel companies invest more and more in the practice.
Nine out of ten natural gas wells in the United States now utilizes fracking.
Utilisation de tonnes d'eau. 4 states confirm water pollution from drilling. PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contamination from oil or gas drilling, and pollution was confirmed in a number of them, according to a review that casts doubt on industry suggestions that such problems rarely happen.
The Associated Press requested data on drilling-related complaints in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas and found major differences in how the states report such problems. Texas provided the most detail, while the other states provided only general outlines. And while the confirmed problems represent only a tiny portion of the thousands of oil and gas wells drilled each year in the U.S., the lack of detail in some state reports could help fuel public confusion and mistrust.
The AP found that Pennsylvania received 398 complaints in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or otherwise affected private water wells, compared with 499 in 2012. EPA report on fracking in Texas raises new concerns. WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency was justified in intervening to examine possible risks of gas drilling to Texas drinking water, the agency's internal watchdog reported Tuesday.
But environmentalists say the report raises fresh concerns about the EPA's 2012 decision to halt its investigation into possible well-water contamination in Parker County, Texas. The EPA inspector general's report is the latest analysis to spotlight the regulator's handling of high-profile cases of alleged drinking-water contamination near natural gas drilling sites.
Over three years, the EPA has sampled water in Dimock, Pa., Pavillion, Wyo., and Parker County after residents complained that their water had turned foul once natural gas drilling began nearby. In each case, the EPA found evidence of contamination but declined to pursue further water sampling or disciplinary action against the energy companies. The inspector general's inquiry was started at the behest of Sen. Neela.firstname.lastname@example.org. Tests show Texas well water polluted by fracking, despite EPA assurances. Environmentalists and residents of Parker County, Texas, were dismayed last year when the EPA dropped an investigation into complaints that fracking by Range Resources was contaminating local water supplies with methane. As part of a legal settlement that got the EPA off its back, the company agreed to test well water in the city of Weatherford, where the complaints were centered. Sure enough, Range’s test results found minimal levels of methane in the water.
“According to the EPA, the sampling that Range Resources has completed indicates no widespread methane contamination of concern in the wells that were sampled in Parker County,” the agency’s inspector general wrote last month in a report requested by lawmakers. But here comes the report’s kicker: “However, the EPA lacks quality assurance information for the Range Resources’ sampling program, and questions remain about the contamination.” Fracking without freshwater at a west Texas oilfield. Fracking Chemicals Linked to Endocrine Disruptions. As if studies linking fracking to earthquakes and groundwater contamination were not reason enough to make folks frown upon this practice, a recent investigation carried out by researchers working with the University of Missouri has shown that hydraulic fracturing can also cause endocrine disruptions. The specialists detail that, according to their investigations into the matter at hand, at least 11 chemicals used in fracking either for oil or natural gas act as endocrine disruptors.
Thus, after carrying out a series of laboratory tests on 12 different chemicals commonly used in hydraulic fracturing, the scientists found that 11 of them interfered with estrogen hormones and blocked them, 10 had the same effect on androgen hormones and another one mimicked estrogen. “More than 700 chemicals are used in the fracking process, and many of them disturb hormone function,” researcher Susan Nagel, Ph.D, explains, as cited by EcoWatch. Another reason to hate fracking: It could screw up your sexual health. Nasty chemicals capable of wreaking havoc with our hormonal systems have been discovered lurking in the Colorado River, which is a source of drinking water for 30 million people.
And scientists suspect that the fracking industry is the culprit. Frackers are allowed to keep a lot of the chemicals that they pump into the earth a secret, but scientists figure they use more than 750 chemicals and components — including upwards of 100 known or suspected endocrine disruptors. The endocrine system is the network of organs that produce and regulate levels of hormones, such as estrogen in women and androgen in men. Disruption of an endocrine system can lead to cancer, infertility, and birth defects. Scientists from the University of Missouri and Columbia Environmental Research Center sampled water around hydraulic-fracturing sites in heavily fracked Garfield County, Colo.
Oil and fracking chemicals spill into Colorado’s floodwaters. Heavy rains returned to Colorado on Sunday and hampered rescue efforts after last week’s flash floods. The confirmed death toll has risen to seven, and hundreds are still unaccounted for. An estimated 1,500 homes are destroyed. Some 1,000 people in Larimer County, north of Boulder, were awaiting airlifts that never came on Sunday — they were called off because of the foul weather. The floods have also triggered other problems that have gotten a lot less media attention: Fracking infrastructure has been inundated and its toxic contents have spilled out. Pipelines that transport fossil fuels are sagging and snapping under pressure.
The Boulder Daily Camera reports: Lafayette-based anti-fracking activist Cliff Willmeng said he spent two days “zig-zagging” across Weld and Boulder counties documenting flooded drilling sites, mostly along the drainageway of the St. Oil drums, tanks and other industrial debris mixed into the swollen [South Platte River] flowing northeast. ExxonMobil company charged with fracking-related crimes. Fracking fluid linked to fish die-off.
Et ce que j'aime bien ce sont les sempiternels doutes au sujet de la santé humaine. Cela tue les poissons mais pour nous c'est totalement inoffensif. N'importe quoi ! – alwen
New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Fracking Sites. Fire At Ohio Fracking Well Forced Evacuations And Likely Contributed To Fish Kill. Leaked EPA document raises questions about fracking pollution. ExxonMobil subsidiary, with arm twisted behind back, agrees to treat fracking wastewater. XTO Energy, an ExxonMobil subsidiary, will reluctantly shell out $20 million to properly treat and dispose of fracking wastewater in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Welcome to Portage County, the Fracking Waste Disposal Capital of Ohio. [Gaz de schiste] Des nappes phréatiques polluées en Pennsylvanie. Le biologiste Robert Jackson, professeur à la Duke University à Durham (Etats-Unis), a mené une étude liée au gaz de schiste en Pennsylvanie. Ses observations révèlent de fortes teneurs en méthane, éthane et propane dans l’eau des nappes phréatiques prélevée à proximité des gisements de gaz de schiste.
Pire, cette pollution concerne aussi les zones situées jusqu’à un kilomètre autour des points de forage. Une pollution par le méthane, l’éthane et le propane L’équipe de M. Jackson a analysé l’eau souterraine de 141 points de prélèvement, dont des puits privés du nord-est de la Pennsylvanie. 80% des échantillons contiennent de fortes doses de méthane. Bien sûr, les scientifiques ont tenté d’expliquer les raisons de cette forte présence de méthane. Gaz de schiste : des nappes phréatiques polluées jusqu’à 1 km des puits. Fracking accident leaks benzene into Colorado stream. Pennsylvania agency didn’t mention water pollution near fracking site because no one asked.
Frackers’ faulty concrete leads to methane in Pennsylvania wells. Stuffing the ground full of toxic fluid turns out to be a bad idea. Gaz de schiste : alerte sur la toxicité des additifs utilisés. En Pennsylvanie, chez les damnés de la révolution des gaz de schiste. Drilling in Pennsylvania has damaged the water supply 209 times in last seven years. Thanks to fracking, there’s something in the water in Pennsylvania. La malédiction du gaz de schiste. Pollution de l'eau potable confirmée à proximité d'exploitations de gaz de schistes.
4 states confirm water pollution from drilling. Gaz de schiste : ma stupéfaction devant le reportage du Monde. Kevin Heffernan sur l'eau utilisée lors de la fracturation hydraulique. Gas-Fracking Chemicals Detected in Wyoming Aquifer, EPA Says. John Holtz: Don't let fracking ruin clean water for our kids. Tell EPA: Our Ocean's Not a Dump. Découverte - Gaz de schiste et pollution de l'eau. First criminal case against a Shale firm opens. Des produits cancérigènes utilisés pour l'extraction de gaz de schiste aux Etats-Unis. Etats-Unis : les législateurs exhortent l’ EPA à aider les communautés polluées par la fracturation. Colorado drillers are spilling 200 gallons of oil and other poisons every day.