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Halliburton Loophole

"Father of Fracking"
George Mitchell
concerns over environmental
impacts of fracking

History of Fracking
Only a new technology

USA Fracking Stories

A Texan tragedy

Gas injection may have triggered earthquakes in Texas

California Lags in Fracking Regulations

All In for California Water

Fracking in Michigan

Fracking in Michigan Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy

Hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale

Methane Gas from Marcellus Shale Drilling

Marcellus Shale Gas Economics

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Pennsylvania Fracking

Fracking in Virginia

Lesson From Wyoming Fracking

Water Pollution from Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks

Methane in drinking water wells

Abandoned gas wells leak

Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston

Methane Leaks Under Streets of Boston

Methane leaks make fracking dirty

Fracking effects real estate values

Fracking stimulates earthquakes

Protecting Gas Pipelines From Earthquakes

Gas Pipeline Earthquake - Simulations

America's crumbling pipelines

Averting Pipeline Failures

Dangers to Underground Pipelines

Gas Pipelines Could Serve as Wireless Links

Government Action needed on a National Energy Policy

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Solar Booster Shot for Natural Gas Power Plants

Natural Gas Pricing Reform to Facilitate Carbon Tax Policy

Investing in fracking

What Oil Prices Have in Store?

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Professor Ingraffea

Anti-Fracking Billboard

Natural Gas Drilling

Threats to Biodiversity

Pronghorn Migration
hindered by gas development

Microbes in a Fracking Site

Protozoa May Hold Key to World Water Safety

Shale Gas Production

Research into the Fracking Controversy

Convert Methane Into Useful Chemicals

Methane Natural Gas Into Diesel

'Natural Gas' at the molecular level

Arctic Methane risks

Arctic Methane Seeps

Great Gas Hydrate Escape

Undersea Methane Seep Ecosystem

Methane in the Atmosphere of Early Earth

Methane Natural Gas Linked to Climate Change

Cutting Methane Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

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Shale Gas


Welcome to Coal-Seam-Gas.com where we provide the opportunity for Citizen Journalists to publish their stories from around the globe, focusing on the potential environmental, community and economic impacts associated with methane "natural gas" mining using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies.

The fracking extraction process is used in several states, including Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Wyoming, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana and Arkansas. Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic fracturing in 2012.


From John Fenton's 'Warning from Wyoming' tour of Australia, here is a complete film of John's appearance at the Empire Theatre Bowral, NSW Australia, Tuesday 4 March 2014. John has a stark story to tell about the horrific realities of living in a gasfield. With Peter Martin of Southern Highlands Coal Action Group. Camera/sound/editing Paul Robert Burton.

1 December 2013 - A bill to temporarily ban the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. The Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has approved a bill that would create a 10-year moratorium on the technique. There could be limited shale gas deposits in Western Massachusetts.

Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water - oilprice.com
12 August 2013 - What some ranchers may not know when they agree to sell drilling leases to energy companies, granting them permission to drill and frack on their land, is that in some cases they are reaping the seeds of their own destruction.

The problem is that the huge water demand of the fracking industry has put wells and water aquifers in Texas under a lot of pressure, and the recent heat waves and droughts have proven too much, causing some to dry up fully.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated that around 30 communities in the Lone Star State may actually run out of water by the end of the year, not something that people would expect from a first world country.
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A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water - The Guardian
12 August 2013 - Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty

Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In Barnhart's case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

New Projects in Oil and Gas Database May Surpass 2012's Total
Sugar Land, Texas - 23 August, 2013 - "The shale gas/hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") revolution in North America has injected new life into the oil and gas industry, especially in midstream infrastructure. So far this year, the new project count stands at more than 970, putting Industrial Info on track to surpass last year's growth," said Industrial Info Resources who maintain an industry database.

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Articles in the Drilling Down series from The New York Times examine
the risks of natural-gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing industry.

US Energy Information Administration Maps:
Exploration, Resources, Reserves, and Production

"Marcellus shale" is a geologic formation extending across much of southern New York, western and northern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia.

U.S. House Prepares Early Christmas Gift To Natural Gas Industry
17 November 2013 - desmogblog.com - U.S. House of Representatives have drafted several new pieces of legislation granting the wishes of the natural gas fracking industry. These legislative efforts could go before the entire House for a vote as early as next week.

More Than 1,600 Water Officials to Gather in Los Angeles
3-6 December, 2013 - "All In for California Water" at ACWA Fall Conference
Planning for California's water future requires input from local, state and federal leaders as well as movers and shakers in agriculture, the environment and the economy.


Aerial View: Coal Seam Gas Fracking in Texas

Does Homeland Security Think Fracktivists are Terrorists?
November 15, 2013 - EcoWatch - According to comments made by Mark Grawe, chief operating officer at EagleRidge Energy, Denton, Texas residents who object to his company’s reckless operations way too close to their homes, schools and parks are terrorists worthy of inclusion on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list.
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Analysis Finds Offshore Fracking Industry Pumping Toxic Wastewater Into Coastal Waters
November 15, 2013 -
ecoWatch - Citing the use of hazardous hydraulic fracturing chemicals and the release of oil industry wastewater off California’s coast, the Center for Biological Diversity yesterday called on the Coastal Commission to halt fracking for oil and gas in state waters and press for tighter regulation of fracking in federal waters.

In a letter delivered as commissioners meet this week in Newport Beach, CA, the center says hundreds of recently revealed frack jobs in state waters violate the Coastal Act. Some oil platforms are discharging wastewater directly into the Santa Barbara Channel, according to a government document.

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Groundwater Contamination May End the Gas-Fracking Boom
12 September 2013 - Scientific American - In Pennsylvania, the closer you live to a well used to hydraulically fracture underground shale for natural gas, the more likely it is that your drinking water is contaminated with methane.

This conclusion, in a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA in July, is a first step in determining whether fracking in the Marcellus Shale underlying much of Pennsylvania is responsible for tainted drinking water in that region.

Fracking Disposal Wells Pose Challenges In Texas

March 29, 2013 - npr.org - Wastewater disposal wells are becoming a common landmark in the drilling regions of Texas as the water-intensive practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, continues to spread.

In the fracking process, several million gallons of water, combined with sand and chemicals, are sent down a well to break up rock and retrieve oil and gas. Some of the fluid comes back up, along with additional underground water.

Most of this wastewater is trucked to disposal wells and injected thousands of feet underground for permanent storage.

But those wells have caused concern about truck traffic, accidents and the possibility for spills and groundwater contamination.

... The amount of wastewater being disposed of in Texas wells has skyrocketed with the spread of fracking, to nearly 3.5 billion barrels in 2011 from 46 million barrels in 2005, according to data from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s oil and gas regulator.

On average, companies in Texas dispose of 290 million barrels of wastewater — equivalent to about 18,500 Olympic-size swimming pools — each month.

 

 

 

 

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