WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday halted nearly 300 oil and gas leases on a large section of federal land in Montana that had been approved by an agency of the Interior Department and ordered the agency to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of the impact of fracking on drinking water.
District Court Judge Brian Morris said in his ruling that the Bureau of Land Management … [more…]
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…]
Photo: A groundwater well near Estancia, New Mexico. Credit: Debra Perrone
The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist.
The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the U.S.
The research by scientists from the University of Saskatchewan, the UA and … [more…]
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…]
This April 10, 2011 picture shows a rig and supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. (Gerald Herbert / AP file)
Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed, and it may be getting worse.
A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. says 10,000 to 30,000 … [more…]