Category Archive: Environmental impacts

Warning Signs: Toxic Air Pollution Identified at Oil and Gas Sites

The recent U.S. oil and gas boom has transformed hundreds of communities across the country—from rural areas and small towns to suburbs and cities—into industrial production zones.  Oil and gas companies are using unconventional techniques such as hydraulic fracturing—known known as “fracking”—to extract deposits wherever they can be reached, even if those places are in the backyards of homes, near schools or places of worship, …

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Shale Gas Production in England – an updated public health assessment

Medact released in July 2016 an updated assessment of the potential health impacts of shale fracking in England.  This new report reaches broadly the same conclusions as our 2015 report Health and Fracking, however it is now supported by a much larger body of evidence published in the year since the first report was produced.  In the …

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Fuelling the Fire: Underground Coal Gasification and Coal Chemicals

This figure shows the basic outline of the underground coal gasification process

Fuelling the Fire: the chequered history of Underground Coal Gasification and Coal Chemicals around the world was launched today by Friends of the Earth Scotland and Friends of the Earth International. It is a global report with case studies from Australia, South Africa, the US, China and the UK and details the history and environmental …

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Emissions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons from Natural Gas Extraction into Air

This article is the corrected version of last year’s study publication [*] which investigated the immissions of PAHs with passive air samplers deployed in different distances to natural gas facilities. No cancer risk due to airborne PAHs higher than the EPA’s acceptable risk levels was found. However, as the authors point out, the applied method …

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Obama Administration Permitted 1,200 Offshore Fracks in Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico fracking locations.

Documents Show Billions of Gallons of Oil Waste Fluid Dumped Into Gulf Waters WASHINGTON— Federal officials permitted more than 1,200 offshore fracks by oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico from 2010 to 2014, according to federal documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. Fracking locations Gulf of Mexico fracking locations. See interactive map. …

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Characterizing Air Emissions from Natural Gas Drilling and Well Completion Operations in Garfield County, Colorado

This public and industry sponsored field study by Jeff Collett and colleagues, Colorado State University (CSU), is the first in class to quantify emissions of chemical compounds (air toxics, ozone precursors, and methane) during new well development and to characterize how these compounds are dispersed in the atmosphere downwind of the site. The study was …

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Spills of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals on Agricultural Topsoil

Hydraulic fracturing frequently occurs on agricultural land. Yet, the extent of sorption, transformation, and interactions among the numerous organic frac fluid and oil and gas wastewater constituents upon environmental release is hardly known. This study aimed to advance our current understanding of processes that control the environmental fate and toxicity of commonly used hydraulic fracturing …

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