Trump plan to allow new fracking on California coast, Central Valley moves forward

photo: oil and gas exploitation on public lands in California.

Photo: Hydraulic fracturing is currently used on between 10 to 20 percent of all oil and gas wells on public lands in Central California managed by the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office. COURTESY OF BLM, BAKERSFIELD FIELD OFFICE.

The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with its plan to open up federal land in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast to more oil and gas drilling, including fracking.

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Fracking linked to increased hospitalizations for skin, genital and urinary issues in Pennsylvania

photo: more fracking related to more hospitalizations

Rashes, urinary tract infections, and kidney stones requiring hospital stays are more common in areas with more drilling, according to a new study

Fracking may put Pennsylvania communities at greater risk for skin, genital, and urinary diseases, according to new research.

The study, which will be published in the March issue of the journal Public Health, looked at hospital records in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties from 2003–2014.

Researchers found that … [more…]

Fracking wastewater accumulation found in freshwater mussels’ shells

photo by Westcott Phillip: Elliptio complanate, freshwater mussel, one of the two species used in the experiment.

Photo: The Elliptio complanate freshwater mussel, one of the two species used in the experiment. Credit: Westcott Phillip

Elevated concentrations of strontium, an element associated with oil and gas wastewaters, have accumulated in the shells of freshwater mussels downstream from fracking wastewater disposal sites, according to researchers from Penn State and Union College.

"Freshwater mussels filter water and when they grow a hard shell, the shell material records some of … [more…]

It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

map: USA showing earthquake epicenter. It's Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewater Caused Kansas’ Biggest Earthquake

The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The epicenter of that extremely rare earthquake struck near a known fracking operation.

The Wichita Eagle noted from the study that this man-made quake, which hit 40 miles southwest of Wichita … [more…]

Report: over half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling

photo: US EPA logo on window or door. More than half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling, report says

Drillers withheld information on at least one chemical in some 2,500 wells, citing trade secrets

Energy companies in Pennsylvania declined to identify potentially harmful chemicals used for drilling and fracking for natural gas in more than half the wells developed between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The report from the Partnership for Policy Integrity, a Massachusetts nonprofit that does research and advocacy on energy policy, … [more…]