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California Shakin’: ‘We’ve Got a Lot of Earthquakes Ahead of Us’

KQED | Craig Miller

March 14, 2014
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This is not exactly a news flash for long-time Californians. But scientists are starting to put more numbers on the inevitability that we all live with.

David Schwartz, U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, told listeners to KQED’s Forum program that there’s a 63 percent chance of a major quake on the San Andreas Fault sometime in the next 22 years.

Apparently that’s not enough to worry about, so Schwartz was joined on the program by John Dvorak, author of “Earthquake Storms: The Fascinating History and Volatile Future of the San Andreas Fault.”

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Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger, Report Finds

March 13, 2014

Hundreds of Oil Wastewater Wells Near Active Faults and Major Cities Already Raising Quake Risk for Millions of Californians

SAN FRANCISCO— Oil companies are increasing California’s earthquake risk by injecting billions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater a year into hundreds of disposal wells near active faults around Los Angeles, Bakersfield and other major cities, according to a new report from Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water Action.  

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Pandora’s Box - March 11th, 2014

KSJE | Lyn Patrick

March 11, 2014
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Oil and gas development within the shale deposits in Montezuma and La Plata counties could employ the practice of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial drilling practice that has been linked to environmental issues in other parts of the U.S. Host Lyn Patrick talks with Pete Dronkers from Earthworks, a national and local environmental nonprofit that is working on issues related to the potential hazards of fracking in southwest Colorado.

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Shaken and stirred: How Azle in Texas decided enough was enough with fracking

The Independent | Erica Grieder

March 9, 2014
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Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica | Naveena Sadasivam

March 5, 2014
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For years, environmentalists and the gas drilling industry have been in a pitched battle over the possible health implications of hydro fracking. But to a great extent, the debate — as well as the emerging lawsuits and the various proposed regulations in numerous states — has been hampered by a shortage of science.

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Washington, D.C. City Council opposes fracking in George Washington National Forest

Earthworks

March 5, 2014

Council resolution passes due to concerns controversial practice threatens DC water supply

Washington, D.C. -- The DC City Council yesterday passed a resolution opposing hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling for natural gas in the George Washington National Forest due to concerns that such development might contaminate drinking water supplies. The 1.1 million-acre forest, located in Virginia and West Virginia, contains headwaters of the Potomac River, the sole source of drinking water for the nation’s capital.

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Proposed EU law will not keep conflict resources out of Europe, campaigners warn

Earthworks, Global Witness, et al

March 5, 2014

A law proposed by the European Commission on responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses, and falls far short of expectations, campaigners said today.
 
Instead of putting forward robust legislation that would require a wide range of EU-based companies to do checks on their supply chains – known as due diligence – the Commission today announced voluntary measures that will only apply to companies importing processed and unprocessed minerals into the European market. The proposal covers companies involved in the tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold sectors. The campaigners warned that the Commission’s proposal – an opt-in self-certification scheme available to a limited number of companies – is likely to have minimal impact on the way that the majority of European companies source natural resources.

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Feds, miners, Alaska natives: What they’re saying about Pebble Mine

LA Times | Maria L. La Ganga

March 2, 2014
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SEATTLE -- Now that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun the yearlong process that could lead to halting construction on the controversial Pebble Mine, stakeholders in Alaska’s bountiful Bristol Bay are weighing in.

There is celebration over what could be possible protection for the world’s most productive sockeye salmon fishery. There is wariness about a process that could impede progress on the largest open pit mine in North America.

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EPA Acts to Protect World’s Largest Wild Salmon Fishery from Pebble Mine

Earthworks

February 28, 2014

Dillingham, AK & Washington, D.C.: Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is invoking its Clean Water Act authority to assess permanently prohibiting or restricting mine waste disposal into Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed.  This decision puts on hold attempts to build the Pebble Mine, which would be North America’s largest open pit gold-copper mine.

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PEBBLE MINE Action initiated to protect Bristol Bay watershed

Cordova Times | Margaret Bauman

February 28, 2014
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Federal environmental officials on Feb. 28 initiated action under the Clean Water Act to identify appropriate options to protect the Bristol Bay salmon fishery in Southwest Alaska, a move that could potentially halt the Pebble mine.

The announcement came from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, who said that extensive scientific study "has given us ample reason to believe that the Pebble mine would likely have significant and irreversible negative impacts on the Bristol Bay watershed and its abundant salmon fisheries."

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Earthquakes Rattle Texas Towns in the Barnett Shale

DeSmogBlog | Julie Dermansky

February 23, 2014
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Daniel Hogan thought he heard a sonic boom when a magnitude 3.6 earthquake hit Azle, Texas, last November. His home sustained damage — broken windows, cracked walls, damaged plumbing and foundation — but he did not have earthquake insurance to cover the repairs. He never imagined he'd need such protection in Texas.

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Drive seeks to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton city limits

Denton Record Chronicle | Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

February 21, 2014
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Residents streamed into one of the party rooms Thursday night at Sweetwater Grill and Tavern, lining up to buy T-shirts, make donations and sign a petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city limits.

Organizers said they got about 200 signatures, or one-third of what they need to force an initiative in front of the Denton City Council.

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Denton Residents Propose Fracking Ban

Dallas Observer | Priscila Mosqueda

February 19, 2014
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A group of Denton residents launched an effort Tuesday to outlaw fracking within the city.

If the Denton Drilling Awareness Group succeeds in getting the ban on the ballot and if Dentonites pass the measure in November, Denton will become the first city in Texas to make fracking illegal. Cities in other states have already passed similar laws, but Denton would be the first with existing fracking permits to do so.

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Denton City Council Says It Must Allow Fracking Near Homes, so Homeowners Turn to Voters

Dallas Observer | Amy Silverstein

February 19, 2014
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Last fall, Eagleridge Energy won some permits to frack right next to a few Denton neighborhoods, despite a new city ordinance that was supposed to keep the company farther away. The city said sorry, it was powerless to stop Eagleridge, because the company had found an extremely clever loophole. So now, pissed-off homeowners are responding by basically telling the city "screw you" and trying to kick the company out themselves. Calling themselves the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, a group of homeowners just announced that they're trying to place a total ban on fracking within city limits on the ballot.

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Citizens of Denton, Texas Call For Fracking Ban

Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks

February 18, 2014

Denton, Texas, February 18 – The Denton Drilling Awareness Group (Denton DAG) today announced they are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits.  If approved by voters, Denton would become the first major Texas city to ban fracking, and the first city in the country to ban fracking after permits had been previously granted.

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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale

Weather Channel | Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

February 18, 2014
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The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is the site of one of the biggest energy booms in America, with oil and gas wells sprouting at an unprecedented rate. But local residents fear for their health - not from the water, but from the air they breathe. Our eight-month investigation reveals the dangers that come with releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air and just how little the government of Texas knows - or wants to know - about it.

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The Environmental Disaster That is the Gold Industry

Smithsonian Magazine | Alastair Bland

February 14, 2014
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A global campaign to boycott what activists are calling “dirty gold” gained its 100th official follower three days before Valentine’s Day.   

The pledge was launched in 2004 by the environmental group Earthworks, which has asked retail companies not to carry gold that was produced through environmentally and socially destructive mining practices. Eight of the ten largest jewelry retailers in the United States have now made the pledge, including Tiffany & Co., Target and Helzberg Diamonds. The No Dirty Gold campaign is anchored in its “golden rules,” a set of criteria encouraging the metal mining industry to respect human rights and the natural environment.

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EPA Issues Final Guidance on Fracking When Injected Fluid Includes Diesel Fuels

Bloomberg BNA | Alan Kovski

February 14, 2014
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Feb. 11 --The Environmental Protection Agency released its final guidanceFeb. 11 on hydraulic fracturing when diesel fuels are included in the fracking fluid for an oil or natural gas well.

The guidance instructs federal and state regulators on the extra layer of permitting that will be needed if a company doesn't avoid using diesel fuels in the fluid. Industry officials have said they can avoid diesel fuels for fracking, but that will depend on how the agency handles the definition of “diesel fuels” in the guidance.

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Ask Umbra: What should I get my sweetie for Valentine’s Day?

Grist | Umbra Fisk

February 13, 2014
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Q. Valentine’s Day seems to have become a sustainability-conscious guy’s minefield. Flowers? Pesticides. Chocolate? Is it Fair Trade? Jewelry? Is it conflict-free? Were the precious metals extracted without wrecking the environment? If I want to give my wife something that she will always have (rather than an experience like a nice dinner out) how can I be sure that a piece of gold jewelry doesn’t bear a heavy environmental burden?

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Wendy Davis’ Opponents Say She’ll Kill Texas’ Oil Boom, but What Does Her Record Say?

Dallas Observer | Amy Silverstein

February 11, 2014
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We know that a Wendy Davis-governed Texas would probably be more into preserving natural resources than a Texas ruled by Greg Abbott, who has sued the EPA a modest 17 times. But in a state famous for its lax environmental regulations, how much tougher would Davis be?

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Valentine’s Day: Go Green, From Dinner to Ringtones

Ecowatch | Nicole D'Alessandro

February 11, 2014
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Bursting with love for a special someone, but don’t want to give in to the marketing surrounding Valentine’s Day and all the disposal gifts that go along with it? Or looking for a unique, nature-inspired way to express your feelings? Then check out some of these tips.

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US EPA issues guidelines for diesel fuel used in fracking fluid

Platts | Jim Magill

February 11, 2014
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In a long-anticipated move, the US Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released guidelines for the use of diesel fuel in hydraulic fracturing fluid.

The guidelines bring the agency into compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the EPA said in a statement. That law, which limited the EPA's authority to regulate fracking under the Safe Drinking Water Act's underground injection control program, left the door open for the agency to regulate the use of diesel fuel in fracking.

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New EPA Fracking Diesel Guidance Step in Right Direction

Earthworks

February 11, 2014

Washington, D.C. — Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released long-awaited guidance (see below for links) describing how the oil and gas industry may use diesel fuel in the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  When it takes effect sometime this year, this will be EPA’s first formal rule or guidance dealing with fracking’s threat to drinking water.  

“Diesel and drinking water don't mix,” said Earthworks executive director Jennifer Krill. She continued, “Even the Cheney-era Congress recognized diesel’s hazard to drinking water.  That’s why, even as they passed the Halliburton loophole to the Safe Drinking Water Act, Congress left the door open for this first-ever EPA oversight of fracking’s threat to drinking water.”

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100 jewelers say ‘no’ to dirty gold on Valentine’s Day

Earthworks' No Dirty Gold campaign

February 11, 2014

Feb 11, WASHINGTON, DC – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, over 100 of the world’s leading jewelry retailers– including 8 of the top 10 in the US– have committed to more responsible metals sourcing by signing the No Dirty Gold campaign’s Golden Rules.

“Dirty gold just isn’t romantic,” said Payal Sampat of Earthworks’ No Dirty Gold campaign. “Retailers don’t want consumers to associate gold jewelry with polluted rivers and child labor, and they are joining us in calling on the mining industry to clean up its act.”

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Tagged with: mining, no dirty gold, jewelry retailers, golden rules, 2014, brilliant earth, beth gerstein, nunamta aulukestai, kimberly williams, valentine's day


Fracking With Diesel Gets EPA Standards Industry Fought

Bloomberg | Mark Drajem

February 11, 2014
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The Environmental Protection Agency issued measures for using diesel in hydraulic fracturing, setting standards it said could be adopted by states to govern a process that has spurred the boom in natural gas production.

While drillers say diesel has mostly been phased out of the process called fracking, they had sought to block the EPA’s criteria, saying it could lead to greater federal oversight and delays in getting permits. Environmentalists said the standards were long overdue, even as they urged the agency to take another step and ban any use of diesel in fracking.

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Valentine’s Day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Golden Gate Xpress | Madison Rutherford

February 10, 2014
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We’ve heard it all: Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday, a Hallmark holiday, a day created by greeting card and chocolate companies to celebrate something that really should be manifested all year long.

It has suffered the same fate as Christmas; a day buried beneath so much consumerism, that it is no longer associated with its original meaning or purpose. Feb. 14 is a “holiday” that many of us, generally when we have no one to celebrate it with, have pondered the basis of its existence.

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Wells, Well-Being, and Julie Wilson

Ft. Worth Weekly | Jeff Prince

February 5, 2014
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The hiring of former Chesapeake Energy Corp. spokeswoman Julie H. Wilson to lead a health initiative in Fort Worth has many local people astounded and confused –– but certainly not tongue-tied. Wilson’s critics don’t mince words when describing their disdain for the woman who became the face of urban drilling in North Texas for the past seven years.

“Julie Wilson is the sorriest excuse for a human being I’ve ever met,” said Deborah Rogers, a former goat farmer and artisan cheesemaker who clashed with gas drillers in 2009 and later founded the nonprofit Energy Policy Forum, a consulting firm for those battling the industry. “She was a mediocrity who was put in a position of power, and she abused that position egregiously.”

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Congress investigates EPA’s Texas “overreach”, ignores EPA & impacted communities

Earthworks

February 4, 2014

Washington, D.C. & Weatherford, TX – The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on February 5th entitled “Examining the Science of EPA Overreach: A Case Study in Texas.” On the agenda: Region 6’s intervention to protect Parker County residents whose drinking water was polluted by fracking-enabled methane gas development.

In 2012 Senator James Inhofe asked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Inspector General to investigate Region 6’s intervention. Although the IG released its findings late last year, they were not invited to testify. The IG’s report concluded Region 6 was fully justified in acting to protect area residents from pollution linked to Range Resources’ gas drilling.

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Fracking in George Washington National Forest could threaten D.C. area drinking water

Washington Post | Robert McCartney

February 2, 2014
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The future cleanliness of the Washington region’s drinking water has unexpectedly become a central concern in the national debate over the controversial natural-gas drilling method known as “fracking.”

The gas industry is pushing to allow fracking in the George Washington National Forest, despite fears that it could threaten the cleanliness of the Potomac River. It’s the sole source of drinking water for more than 4 million people in our area.

It’s no surprise that environmental groups are pushing hard to ban fracking in the forest, which includes the Potomac’s headwaters in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Group: Toxic chemical releases going unreported

San Antonio Express-News | Jennifer Hiller

January 30, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO — In the middle of a massive U.S. oil and gas boom, the nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project says the release of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals is going unreported in Texas and other states.

The organization, along with more than a dozen environmental and watchdog groups, is petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency to require sites such as gas plants, compressor stations and tank batteries report to the federal Toxic Release Inventory, which tracks the release or disposal of chemicals that can threaten health or the environment.

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Study: Close EPA emissions loophole for O&G

Wyoming Business Report | Mark Wilcox

January 30, 2014
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According to a new study, Wyoming is home to 14 oil and gas sites that emit more than 10,000 pounds of at least one toxic chemical annually, though only five of those exceeded the threshold in two separate years. Even so, the sites don’t have to report the emissions because of what the nonprofit conducting the study called “an arbitrary loophole” with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Environmental Integrity Project detailed Wyoming emissions and said that the oil and gas industry is excluded from reporting to the public Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) managed by the EPA. The inventory was created in 1986 and in the 1990s the EPA re-evaluated included industries, again omitting the oil and gas industry.

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Officials in the swarm zone taking action after taking heat

E&E News | Mike Soraghan

January 27, 2014
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The persistent earthquakes rattling Azle, Texas, aren't the biggest ones to shake the Lone Star State. But they've triggered some of the biggest political tremors to hit the state's storied oil and gas agency, the Texas Railroad Commission.

The three-member elected body and the staff it oversees have found themselves scrambling to catch up with the public on the issue of man-made earthquakes linked to oil and gas activity.

After more than 800 people showed up at a town hall meeting on the earthquakes, commissioners agreed to hire an in-house seismologist. The commission is teaming up with the state geologist to study drilling-related tremors, and the Legislature is planning hearings about the quakes.

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Final EPA report is the latest in a series of blows to Alaska’s Pebble Mine

High Country News | Krista Langlois

January 25, 2014
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Last summer, the excavation of some of the world’s richest mineral deposits – and the degradation of some of the world's richest salmon habitat ­– seemed well within the grasp of global mining interests. But with the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's long-awaited environmental assessment on Jan. 15, the development of Pebble Mine in southwest Alaska's Bristol Bay slipped just a little bit further from reach – the latest and perhaps most significant in a series of defeats for the embattled project.

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North Texas residents show up in Austin to voice concerns over spike in earthquakes

KXAN | Ignacio Garcia

January 21, 2014
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After dozens of earthquakes rattled homes in North Texas, some families came to Austin to air their concerns directly to the state's main energy regulator.

Earthquakes used to be uncommon in the region, but nearly 20 have hit the town of Azle in November alone. Many worry the earthquakes are connected to the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, used in oil and gas drilling nearby.

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Texans angrily protest fracking after 30 earthquakes hit town

RT

January 21, 2014
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Dozens of residents from a rural Texas community traveled to the state capital on Tuesday to demand that regulators act immediately to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, amidst allegations it’s to blame for a spate of recent earthquakes.

The Azle, TX area north of Fort Worth has experienced no fewer than 30 earthquakes since November, and residents say it’s a result of increased fracking activity.

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Texas fracking regulators to quake-damaged community: suffer while we study

Earthworks

January 21, 2014

Austin/Azle, Jan 21 – Today 50 residents of the Azle/Reno area traveled to Austin to compel the Texas Railroad Commission to publicly declare how they were going to address the issue of fracking-related earthquakes. Thirty quakes have occurred in the area since fracking wastewater injection wells began.

Despite scientific authorities linking fracking wastewater injection wells to earthquakes, including the United States Geological Survey and the National Academies of Science, the Railroad Commission announced at the meeting that they would not take action to protect the public until after their seismologist had studied the issue in Texas.

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Azle resident taking earthquake concerns to Austin

Fox News | Chelsea Kretz

January 20, 2014
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Azle residents are taking their concerns about all the recent earthquakes to lawmakers in Austin.

There have been 30 earthquakes since November 1st. Most are centered around the Azle area, northwest of Fort Worth.

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Azle Residents Take Their Earthquake Concerns To Austin

CBS DFW

January 20, 2014
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Dozens of Azle residents are planning a trip to the state capitol to send a message to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Organizers have named the bus trip “Shake the Ground in Austin,” and they expect at least 50 people to show up for the regularly scheduled Texas Railroad Commission meeting Tuesday morning.

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DEQ: Mine tunnel near Smith tributary OK

Independent Record | Eve Byron

January 17, 2014
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The state will allow a Canadian company to tunnel down into the ground to explore for copper near a tributary of the famed Smith River north of White Sulphur Springs.

In a notice released Thursday, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality wrote that after reviewing the proposal by Tintina Alaska Exploration Company for the Black Butte Copper Project, the state believes the company can mitigate any negative impacts from the exploration work. That mitigation would be through “design, or enforceable controls or stipulations or both” imposed by DEQ or other governmental agencies.

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Texas legislative panel to look at quakes, natural gas production

Star-Telegram | Jim Fuquay

January 17, 2014
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The chairman of the state House Energy Resources Committee has created a subcommittee on seismic activity to study whether there are links between a recent swarm of small earthquakes in North Texas and natural gas production.

Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, will head the panel of four, and one of the members is state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, whose District 61 includes Parker and Wise counties.

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New study shows Ortiz mine proposal is thirsty and dirty: could consume water equal to use of 7,800 New Mexicans, contribute to climate change, and drain acid into surrounding watershed in perpetuity

January 16, 2014

Santa Fe, New Mexico, January 16th, 2014.   A new coalition of jewelers and conservation groups today released Public Risk, Private Reward: an analysis of the Ortiz Gold Mine proposal, revealing that Santa Fe Gold corporation’s proposed 1000+ foot deep open pit mine in the Ortiz Mountains would consume enough water to sustain thousands of households, and potentially endanger area water supplies by draining acidic runoff into groundwater in perpetuity.

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Tagged with: mining, new mexico, dirty gold, jewelry retailers, groundwater, acid mine drainage, santa fe gold


Alaska Native Tribes, Jewelers, Investors, Commercial Fishermen and Conservation Groups Applaud EPA’s Final Study of Large-Scale Mining in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Watershed

Earthworks

January 15, 2014

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EPA says impact of Bristol Bay mine could be devastating

Cordova Times | Margaret Bauman

January 15, 2014
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A long-waiting final federal report on the Bristol Bay watershed says large-scale mining there could have potentially catastrophic effects on fishery resources.

The report, online at http://www.epa.gov/bristolbay, outlines a number of potential adverse results that could occur if the mine was developed and operated, including catastrophic damage to fishery habitat due to development, operation and accidents at such a large scale mine.

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Parker, Wise residents vow to confront state officials about quakes

Star-Telegram | Bill Miller

January 14, 2014
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Armed with the battle cry “Shake the earth in Austin!” residents of Parker and Wise counties on Monday vowed to pack the next meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission to demand answers about the earthquakes that have rattled their communities since November.

About 300 people turned out for the meeting in Azle’s Community Center, many saying they did not get good answers from Texas Railroad Commission officials at a meeting on Jan. 2.

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Anti-fracking activists, North Texas residents pack meeting regarding recent quakes

KDFW | Mark Norris

January 13, 2014
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Anti-fracking activists, armed with their own charts and studies, made their cases to homeowners in Azle and surrounding areas at a meeting Monday night.

There have been 30 earthquakes in North Texas in the last two months, most of which have affected the Reno-Azle area northwest of Fort Worth. A 2.2 magnitude quake struck the area Saturday, and a 3.1 rumbled through Monday morning.

Residents say they're tired of waiting for the state to take action.

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Pa. DEP seeks input on overhaul of drilling regulations

NPR | Katie Colaneri

January 13, 2014
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Five years into Pennsylvania’s shale gas boom, the state is overhauling environmental regulations for drillers and changing the way the industry operates above ground.

A public hearing Monday night in Williamsport, Lycoming County set drillers, who argued the rules would go too far, against environmentalists who say the Department of Environmental Protection did not go far enough.

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Fracking water issues keep bubbling to surface

Common Sense Canadian | Damien Gillis

January 6, 2014
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Despite the shale gas industry’s aggressive efforts to keep a lid on water use and contamination issues relating to its activities, troubling new evidence continues bubbling to the surface, making it increasingly difficult to deny such concerns.

Two big strikes against shale gas industry

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In Colorado, Both Sides Of The Fracking Debate Target Latino Support

FOX Latino | Andrew O'Reilly

January 3, 2014
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Driving north on Interstate 25 through Colorado, the Rocky Mountains rise on the left to over 14,000 feet as to the right the Great Plains collide with the foothills of North America’s largest mountain chain.

While the Rockies’ high peaks may dominate the views from the towns scattered along the Front Range – from major cities like Denver to more rural communities like Longmont – in recent years what is under these towns has become more important than what is above.

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Coalbed methane bust leaves thousands of orphaned gas wells in Wyoming

High Country News | Irina Zhorov

January 1, 2014
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Marjorie and Bill West's ranch in Campbell County, Wyo., sprawls across 10,000 acres of hills, rocky outcrops and steep valleys. Their family has run cattle and planted wheat, barley and alfalfa here for 80 years. But when natural gas companies tapped underlying coalbeds, mostly leased from other mineral rights holders, in 1999, artesian wells dried up and cottonwoods drowned in produced water. Today, about 100 gas wells sit abandoned on the property, making it difficult to work the fields and damaging farm equipment. And though none have blown out, neighboring wells have; some still have gas pressure.

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Eagle Ford Shale: Breathe at Your Own Risk

DeSmogBlog | Julie Dermansky

December 30, 2013
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Fracking is in full swing in the Eagle Ford Shale region of southern Texas, home to the most productive oil field in the United States.

For Cynthia Dupnik, whose Karnes County home is in the center of the region, life is no longer serene. At night, she says the landscape is frighteningly apocalyptic, marked by the roaring flares spreading pollutants across the sky from oil and gas operations.

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