DEP head talks water contamination, fracking, and funding during sit down with newspaper

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Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, visited The Bucks County Courier Times last month for an interview on a wide range of issues. Kyle Bagenstose @KyleBagenstose From the plugging of abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania’s mining regions, to responding to drinking water contamination in the Philadelphia suburbs, to overseeing...

Fracking chemicals may harm developing immune system

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You are free to share this article under the Attribution 4.0 International license. Exposure to fracking chemicals in utero may harm the immune system and diminish the ability of female offspring to fend off diseases like multiple sclerosis, according to a new study with mice. Fracking, also called hydraulic fracturing or unconventional oil and gas...

Rise in support for fracking continues – latest government survey – DRILL OR DROP?

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Source: BEIS Public Attitudes Wave 25 Tracker survey Support for fracking in the UK has risen again, according to the latest findings from a quarterly government survey. Opposition remained unchanged and is still 14 percentage points ahead of support. Source: BEIS Public Attitudes Wave 25 Tracker survey The results published this morning put support at 18%,...

Court urged to dismiss Ineos challenge to Scottish fracking moratorium – DRILL OR DROP?

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Scottish Court of Sessions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons A lawyer for the Scottish Government has urged the Court of Sessions to dismiss a challenge by two gas companies to the moratorium on fracking. A judicial review of the moratorium began this morning, brought by Ineos Shale and Reach Coal Seam Gas. They are claiming that it...

Activists Revive Debunked Fracking Study

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An activist research team responsible for a myriadof studies that have repeatedlyfailed to link fracking to health problems outdid itself recently, releasing a study that attempts to revive the long-debunked narrative that fracking has contaminated groundwater in Pavillion, Wyo. — even though the report plainly states that the water samples collected for the study found...

Australia’s Northern Territory scraps fracking ban — RT Business News

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Now, the assessment has been completed and the conclusion is that the Northern Territory can avoid the worst of the environmental effects of fracking by strictly regulating the activity. The Northern Territory, which spans more than half a million square miles from central Australia to the northern coast of the country, is the poorest and most scarcely...

Fracking may have caused South Korean earthquake – study

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One of South Korea’s largest earthquakes on record may have been caused by hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – according to a study published on Friday in the journal Science. A magnitude-5.5 earthquake hit the south-eastern city of Pohang on 15 November, injuring at least 70 people, temporarily displacing hundreds, and causing millions of dollars...

Has Scotland really banned fracking? ‹ Glasgow Guardian

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In October last year, the Scottish Government announced a ban on “onshore, unconventional gas extraction”, otherwise known as fracking. Fracking is the process of extracting gas from shale rock, by forcing water at high pressure into underground fissures. The ban followed four months of public consultation, with the government receiving over 60,000 responses – the...

Fracking chemicals “imbalance” the immune system

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Chemicals commonly found in groundwater near fracked oil and gas wells appear to impair the proper functioning of the immune system, according to a lab study released today. The study, published today in the journal Toxicological Science, is the first to find a link between fracking chemicals and immune system problems and suggests that baby...

NT Government ignoring the science and residents’ concerns to bring back fracking : RenewEconomy

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SYDNEY, – The government’s decision to open the Northern Territory to the environmental devastation of fracking is short-sighted and will lead to the contamination of water, increased carbon emissions and a myriad of health problems for the people of the NT. The Territory government this morning announced it will lift the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing,...

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