Category Archives: Government, Academic and Industry Studies and Reports

Ohio Seismic Activity Connected To Fracking

Ohio’s regulators have released a preliminary study which connects recent seismic activity with hydraulic fracking.  Specifically, the report states that there is “geological evidence” suggesting that a fracking well near an underground fault caused a series of earthquakes over the last year. Based on the report, Ohio is expected to ban fracking in certain areas and at certain depths, including near the Precambrian basement rock level (a depth that begins at 9,184 ft).  Ohio will also likely require companies to review geologic data prior to…

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EPA Limits Findings in Report To Exclude Marcellus Shale

At a recent House of Representatives Subcommittee hearing, Environmental Protection Agency officials limited its prior draft report regarding claimed linkage between certain chemicals used in fracking and groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming.  The prior draft report had heavily criticized by the energy industry and, at the same time, it was the source of ammunition for anti-fracking groups trying to prevent the practice. At the contentious hearing (the movie maker of Gasland was arrested), the EPA released hundreds of documents from its study and otherwise defended the…

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EPA Report on Wyoming Fracking Criticized by Energy Company and Others

In a widely publicized draft report, the Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) potentially linked groundwater contamination with fracking in Pavillion, Wyoming.  It is the first report claiming that chemicals consistent with those used in fracking were found in groundwater. Meanwhile, Encana Oil & Gas issued a response to the EPA’s draft report. Encana strongly criticized the EPA in numerous respects.  First, Encana states that the EPA mistakenly released the draft report before its findings were final and subjected to peer review.  Encana also claims that, given…

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Department of Energy Subcommittee Outlines Its First Recommendations for Hydraulic Fracturing September 21, 2011

While the United States Environmental Protection Agency has yet to promulgate regulations concerning hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as “fracking”) and while individual states and municipalities develop their own individual rules and regulations over fracking and land use, the United States Department of Energy has recently stepped into the debate by creating a subcommittee panel that released its first of two reports concerning proposed recommendations over hydraulic fracking. The subcommittee panel, composed mainly of academics associated with industry and environmental groups, took what many observed…

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