Category Archive: Water use and contamination

Managing the Increasing Water Footprint of Hydraulic Fracturing

Scheme: Water use in hydraulic fracturing.

The water footprint of oil production, including water used for hydraulic fracturing (HF) and flowback-produced (FP) water, is increasingly important in terms of HF water sourcing and FP water management. This study evaluates trends in HF water use relative to supplies and FP water relative to disposal using well by well analysis in the Bakken …

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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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Groundwater methane in relation to oil and gas development and shallow coal seams in the Denver-Julesburg Basin of Colorado

Example of a wellbore failure (Graphic: Sherwood et al., PNAS 2016)

Abstract: Unconventional oil and gas development has generated intense public concerns about potential impacts to groundwater quality. Specific pathways of contamination have been identified; however, overall rates of contamination remain ambiguous. We used an archive of geochemical data collected from 1988 to 2014 to determine the sources and occurrence of groundwater methane in the Denver-Julesburg …

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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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HEALTH CONSULTATION – Dimock Groundwater Site

Based on groundwater samples taken in Dimock, PA, during a completion (i. e. fracking) moratorium in 2012, which contained a plethora of health affecting chemicals, the ATSDR comes to the conclusion that consumption of that water might or does pose a significant risk for human health and that in some instances, due to its methane …

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