Posts tagged ‘water pollution’

June 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: North Dakota’s Oil Boom Brings Damage With Prosperity

This is quite a long investigative reporting article by ProPublica but well worth the time reading it through.

Oil drilling has sparked a frenzied prosperity in Jeff Keller’s formerly quiet corner of western North Dakota in recent years, bringing an infusion of jobs and reviving moribund local businesses.

But Keller, a natural resource manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, has seen a more ominous effect of the boom, too: Oil companies are spilling and dumping drilling waste onto the region’s land and into its waterways with increasing regularity.

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May 3, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Study; Fracking Waste May Migrate to Aquifers Faster than Predicted

A new study has raised fresh concerns about the safety of gas drilling in the  Marcellus Shale, concluding that fracking chemicals injected into the ground  could migrate toward drinking water supplies far more quickly than experts have  previously predicted.

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March 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: What the Frack is in That Water?

Environmentalists have repeatedly pressed regulators to compel oil and gas companies to report what chemicals they use in the drilling and fracking process. Drilling companies add these chemicals to perform particular functions (for example, to prevent corrosion or give the fluid the right consistency), or leave them in because they’re too expensive to remove. According to a 2011 congressional report, many of the chemicals used can pose a serious health risk. No one knows the exact makeup of the frack mixture, drilling muds and other stuff used at well sites (which change from well to well), but this list breaks down the main ingredients revealed so far. Click on the chemical name for more detailed information.
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