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Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced today that recent earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing. A series of earthquakes up to magnitude 3.0 struck on March 10th and 11th in...

Posted April 15, 2014    

More Research and Data Needed on Induced Earthquakes from Oil and Gas Operations

In the early evening on March 27, 1964 a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck beneath Alaska’s Prince William Sound, 75 miles east of Anchorage. The ground shook for over four minutes, triggering landslides and a deadly tsunami that claimed lives as far...

Posted March 28, 2014    

EPA Releases Final Guidance for Fracking with Diesel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final permitting guidance for wells that will be hydraulically fractured with diesel fuel.  The guidance contains many important protections, based on solid science and EPA’s long experience...

Posted February 13, 2014    

Blowout Exposes Gaps in Federal and State Oversight of Fracking

Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San FranciscoA New Mexico oil well owned by Parko Oil LLC recently experienced a blowout, resulting in a spill of more than 8,400 gallons of fracturing fluid, oil, and water. The blowout occurred when a nearby well...

Posted October 28, 2013    

This is California on Acid

The US is in the midst of an oil boom, due in large part to advances in and the expanded use of hydraulic fracturing. This technology has allowed drillers to extract large quantities of oil from previously inaccessible formations, like the Bakken,...

Posted September 5, 2013    

Time for BLM to Switch Paths on Road to Fracked Oil and Gas

Briana Mordick, Staff Scientist, San FranciscoThe Bureau of Land Management is at a fork in the road to America’s public lands. One path offers outdated, inadequate rules – the path that the agency has been following to regulate oil and gas drilling...

Posted August 26, 2013    

A Tale of Two Agencies: How the BLM and EPA Will (and Won't) Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing

Despite being similar processes and posing similar risks to the environment, the way hydraulic fracturing is regulated is very different from the way the underground injection of other fluids is regulated.  This difference was made even more...

Posted May 11, 2012