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Marcellus Shale Basin: Wealth of Natural Gas is Attracting Manufacturers and More Carbon

Marcellus Shale Basin: Wealth of Natural Gas is Attracting Manufacturers and More Carbon

The Marcellus Shale basin that encompasses a number of states and especially those in the Mid Atlantic region is bringing in new riches — and more pollution. That’s according to the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, which says natural gas production in Pennsylvania will nearly double by 2030 to meet growing demand. … Read more »

Nat Gas Drilling Emissions Increase, Reporting Requirements Expand

Natural gas drilling industry emissions have increased along with operations activity, according to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environment Protection. The state requires drilling companies to report data to the DEP under Pennsylvania’s Air Pollution Control Act. The inventory represents 2013 emissions from Marcellus Shale natural gas production and … Read more »

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Faulty Wells — Not Fracking — Polluted Water, Study Says

Defective wells, not hydraulic fracturing, is the primary cause of water contamination from shale gas extraction in parts of Pennsylvania and Texas, according to a study by Duke University. Using noble gas and hydrocarbon tracers, researchers analyzed the gas content of more than 130 drinking water wells in the two … Read more »

Landfill Wastewater Showing Elevated Radioactivity

Radioactivity is showing up in wastewater from gas field landfills in West Virginia that serve as disposal sites for Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling cuttings.  According to a report by Public News Service, tests on water leaching from the Meadowfill landfill near Bridgeport vary widely. Water leaching from Meadowfill averaged … Read more »

Driller Wants to Use Fracking Waste as Paving Material

Range Resources wants to use gas well drilling waste rock material to build Marcellus and Utica shale gas drilling pads and access roads, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette reports. The fracking company has applied for a Pennsylvania “beneficial use” permit — the first by a Marcellus Shale gas drilling company — to … Read more »

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Radioactive Contaminants Found at Fracking Wastewater Disposal Site

Elevated levels of radioactivity, salts and metals have been found in river water and sediments at a site where treated water from oil and gas operations is discharged into a western Pennsylvania creek, according to a Duke University study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The study examined … Read more »


Arkansas Groundwater ‘Not Contaminated By Fracking’

A Duke University study of wells near shale gas drilling sites in Fayetteville, Ark. shows no groundwater contamination. Low levels of methane found in samples were mostly from biological activity inside shallow aquifers, not from shale gas production contamination, scientists concluded. Previous Duke studies of the effects of shale gas … Read more »

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Aquatech Acquisition Creates Shale Gas Water Management Network

Water treatment technology company Aquatech has acquired Fluid Recovery Services, thus creating a water management network for the Marcellus and Utica shale region, Aquatech says. Based in Creekside, Pa., FRS operates a network of central, satellite and mobile facilities that provide environmentally compliant water management services. In addition to treatment, … Read more »

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