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Inquiry: State ‘fundamentally accountable’ for Flint crisis

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city, an investigatory task force concluded Wednesday. The panel, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to review the disaster, said in a withering report that what happened in Flint is ...

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County restricts gas drilling in Deep Creek Lake watershed

Deep Creek Lake Maryland

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County Commissioners have adopted a watershed management plan that limits natural-gas drilling on nearly 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake, a popular vacation destination in western Maryland. The three-member board voted unanimously Monday to adopt the plan. It prohibits natural gas wellheads within the watershed but allows companies to drill horizontally from wellheads located ...

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Lawmakers questioning Ohio agency over lead-tainted water

Ohio Democrats in Congress and the legislature are asking the state’s environmental agency why months passed before residents found out about their lead-tainted tap water. Congressman Tim Ryan of the Youngstown area is calling on the director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to resign, saying the state should have stepped in sooner. A state EPA spokeswoman says agency director ...

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Celebrate National Drinking Water Week in Penn., or maybe not

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This week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is celebrating National Drinking Water Week, which may not be something you want to join in on after recent news. Over the course of this week, the DEP is encouraging residents of Pennsylvania to “conserve water and make every drop count.”  However, after considering the recent news what is believed to ...

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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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Study blames methane leaks on faulty well casings

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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Fracking may endanger groundwater in California

David R. Baker |  San Francisco Chronicle 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 ...

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Amazon still in rough shape from oil production

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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