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Environmental groups raise concerns over Texas oil find near Balmorhea

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HOUSTON (AP) — Some environmental organizations have raised concerns about a reported big oil and gas discovery in West Texas. The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2eDvvgQ ) reports several environmental groups are scrutinizing plans to drill around Balmorhea (BAL’-muh-ray) State Park and its famous spring-fed pool. Houston-based Apache Corp. last month announced plans for drilling after projecting up to 3 billion barrels ...

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Texas parks department lied about Balmorhea springs?

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FuelFix reported today that Texas state park officials did not actually conduct any research that analyzes impacts of oil drilling in West Texas’s Balmorhea State Park. With the controversy over drilling on federal lands one of the past year’s most debated oil and gas topics, it seems like a risky oversight on the part of park officials. Three weeks ago, ...

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Toxic ND: Fracking related spills cause pervasive soil, water contamination

fracking related spills In situ burn at a crude oil spill on a wetland in Mountrail County, North Dakota. A recent Duke University study found widespread contamination of water and soil, even years after a site was cleaned. (Image: USFWS via Flickr)

Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday. Samples taken from surface waters affected by waste spills in recent years in the state’s Bakken oilfield region turned up high levels of lead, ammonium, selenium and other contaminants, Duke University researchers said. ...

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Thousands left without water

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On Monday, about 12,000 people in Lewisburg, West Virginia, were left without water after a diesel fuel spill forced the city’s treatment plant and intakes to shut down in fear of contamination. Mayor John Manchester said city officials were waiting for results from tests conducted on the water to determine if it was safe or not to restore the water ...

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DEP to DePasquale: Problems are already addressed

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WILKES-BARRE — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is outspoken in his belief that when it comes to dealing with water contamination issues, the state Department of Environmental Protection needs to get its act together. During a public hearing on tracking and reporting natural gas drilling-related health complaints held in front of the state Senate Democratic Policy Committee at King’s College ...

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Study blames methane leaks on faulty well casings

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Ken Ward Jr. | Charleston Gazette (Charleston, W.Va.) Problems with natural gas well construction appears to be the primary cause of drinking water contamination from shale-gas extraction, according to a new study published today by researchers from five universities. The study did not find evidence of methane gas migrating from deep underground into residential drinking wells, an indication that neither the ...

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KAFB fuel spill cleanup delayed

A 58th Special Operations Wing, 551st Special Operations Squadron, MH-53J Pave Low IIIE flies a training mission near Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. Photo by Mashley Morgan via flickr

John Fleck | Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) Fifteen years after the discovery of leaking jet fuel at Kirtland Air Force Base, the Air Force says it still hasn’t determined the extent of contamination in the aquifer and that it needs to do more research before coming up with a final treatment plan to clean up the spill. In an Aug. 27 ...

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Fracking may endanger groundwater in California

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Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday. The report found that half of the oil wells fracked in the state lie within 2,000 feet of the surface, close to aquifers. Hydraulic fracturing uses a high-pressure blend of water, ...

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Fracking: Rockingham residents drilling for facts

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Danielle Battaglia | the News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) Residents along the Dan River overcame a coal ash spill Feb. 2, and now those same people are worrying about another possible threat to their beloved waterway — fracking. Energy companies have announced plans to mine a portion of western Rockingham County for methane gas by using fracking in the next year, ...

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Amazon still in rough shape from oil production

Oil pollution in the Lago Agrio oil field in Ecuador | By Julien Gomba (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jgomba/2076767784/) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Zachary Toliver | Shale Plays Media New chemical analysis of waste water sites in the amazon reveals many harmful pollutants are sky high above Peru’s pollution limits according to a team of Spanish researchers presenting at a conference in California. The oil boom and decades of previous extraction are creating unprecedented ill conditions in one of the last pristine forests ...

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