Category Archives: Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports

New York Health Commissioner Considers Fracking Recommendation Within Weeks

Reportedly, New York’s Department of Health Commissioner Nirav Shah confirms that his recommendation to Governor Cuomo regarding fracking will not wait several years until various studies are completed.  Instead, his recommendation to Governor Cuomo may be made in several weeks.  According to the Associated Press, Shah does not see any possibility of further delay until final results of the studies, including the Geisinger Health Study. Meanwhile, New York’s General Assembly passed (for the third time) a proposed moratorium on fracking.  The prior two…

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Pennsylvania Grant To Perform Health Study

According to reports, the Pennsylvania-based company Geisinger Health System announced receipt of a million dollar grant to study the health histories of thousands of patients living near shale gas wells.  In essence, the grant is to create a data repository which will evaluate asthma, “trauma” and cardiovascular disease of the residents. According to a co-trustee of the grantor: The foundation board is always in search of innovative funding opportunities that have the potential to better the lives of the residents of the central Susquehanna…

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US Geological Survey Report Finds No Groundwater Contamination From Fayetteville Shale Drilling

A recently released study from the US Geological Survey found no water contamination from drilling in the Fayetteville Shale.  The study examined over 100 shallow domestic wells in the area of natural gas drilling.  According to USGS Director McNutt:  For more than one hundred years, the USGS has been a source of freely available, unbiased information on our natural resources such as oil, gas, and water, helping government and local leaders make wise decisions for the public good. This new study is important in terms…

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EPA Releases Update On Its Ongoing, Multiyear Study of Hydraulic Fracturing

The EPA released a 275 page update on its continuing study of hydraulic fracturing.  By way of background, Congress directed the EPA to study the potential environmental effects from hydraulic fracturing. The  EPA’s report indicates that the focus of the study is on drinking water in five major contexts  (e.g., impact from large volume water removal for use in hydraulic fracking process; spills on or near well pads; effects during injections to break up rock, removal; processing and storage of wastewater; and potential for migration…

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NY Health Department Report Concludes that Fracking Can Be Done Safely

According to a New York State Department of Health document leaked to the New York Times, fracking could be done safely in the state.  The eight page document is an outline or summary of a more complete report.  However, it is clear from this outline that the full report concludes that fracking can be performed safely if certain mitigation measures are taken. The document explores the potential adverse effects of fracking on human health, on water resources, on naturally occurring radiological material, on air emissions,…

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