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Wheatfield fracking moratorium effective immediately

WHEATFIELD — The Wheatfield Town Board has approved a moratorium which temporarily prohibits multiple uses of fracking waste within town limits. The unanimous vote, taken by the town board during Monday’s meeting, came in response to a rise in public concern over the past few months with regard to National Fuel’s proposed gas dehydrator on Liberty Drive. Since National Fuel ...

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Injection wells spur concerns in Athens County

COOLVILLE, Ohio — Five months ago, Felicia Mettler had never heard the term injection well. She didn’t know what one was or what it held. She didn’t know what an injection well looked like. She lives with her husband and children in a wood-frame house in a rural part of Athens County near the Hocking River, and she relishes the ...

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Taking a stance against fracking waste

Fracking fluid and other drilling wastes are dumped into an unlined pit located

FAYETTEVILLE — Taking a stand against the disposal of hydraulic fracking brine and drill cuttings, the Fayette County Commission is moving forward with an ordinance that would ban the storage, disposal or use of oil and natural gas waste countywide. The with a quorum of two, commissioners Denise Scalph and Matt Wender passed the ordinance on first reading Tuesday, and ...

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Eco-groups file notice with EPA for new federal regulations on disposing of drilling wastes

A coalition of environmental organizations on Wednesday filed a legal notice with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding regulations to stop oil and gas companies from dumping drilling and fracking waste in ways that threaten public health and the environment. That includes Ohio injection wells for liquid drilling wastes that have triggered earthquakes and low-level radioactive waste from drill cuttings ...

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Fracking waste stirs controversy in Athens

TORCH, Ohio – The tractor-trailers arrive at a steady pace, turning off Rt. 50 and climbing a hill to a collection of tall, green metal tanks. The trucks haul long, white tanks that are bare except for a number that identifies their company and one word that has riled a vocal population in Athens County: brine. Brine is another name ...

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Recent earthquake halts waste-water injection operation

Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media The Denver Post has reported that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission ordered the shutdown of an oil and gas wastewater disposal site after a second earthquake within a month was detected. The latest earthquake occurred Monday and registered a 2.6-magnitude. Just last month an earthquake with a 3.4-magnitude was detected in Weld ...

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Illegal dumping highlights problem of how to dispose of fracking waste

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By DAVID HASEMYER for InsideClimate News via Anchorage Daily New, AK Under the cover of early-morning darkness in South Texas last March, a tanker truck ferrying fluids from an oil and gas drilling site rumbled down a country road spewing its toxic load all over the place. The concoction of drilling fluid, which typically includes undisclosed and dangerous chemicals, oil, metals shavings ...

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Gas-drilling ‘secrets’ have state court a little skittish

The Associated Press A Pennsylvania appeals court appeared skeptical of gas-drilling rules that would limit what “trade secrets” the industry must share after a spill. The Commonwealth Court in Philadelphia yesterday also heard arguments on whether doctors treating an ill patient should have to keep information disclosed to them confidential. Pennsylvania is trying to update 20-year-old laws to oversee the ...

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Landfill taking radioactive waste has history of violations, leaks, fires

Keith Matheny | the Detroit Free Press Despite assurances that a Belleville landfill and its partner facility in Van Buren Township that accept radioactive fracking waste are safe, they have been cited for at least 15 violations in the last decade and fined more than $471,000, a Free Press review of state and federal records shows. Wayne Disposal’s owner, USEcology, which ...

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