Our thoughts and opinions about gas extraction and related topics

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EPA: Fracking and Groundwater Contamination

The Internet is alive today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a report that indicates hydraulic fracturing (used when drilling for natural gas in tight shale formations) can contaminate groundwater. Residents of Pavillion, WY have been complaining about the state of their groundwater for some time now. The draft EPA report lends credibility to their […]

If It’s Unsuitable For Mining, Is Drilling Advisable?

There are a handful of watersheds, predominantly in central Pennsylvania, that the Department of Environmental Protection has deemed to be unsuitable for mining activities. According to pages 100-101 of the Oil and Gas Operator’s Manual, a region may be determined to be unsuitable for mining if the mining operation will: be incompatible with existing State […]

Marcellus Shale Production Decline Over Time in Pennsylvania

There are now three different Marcellus Shale production reports available on FracTracker’s DataTool: Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Production, 7-1-09 to 6-30-10 PA Marcellus Shale Prduction Data: 7-1-2010 through 12-31-2010 PA Marcellus Shale Production Report: January-June 2011 The production data, which is self-reported by the drilling operators, is also available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In […]

Groundwater Contamination Debate

The Debate: Can the process of hydraulically fracturing underground natural gas wells contaminate groundwater? Industry Position:  There has never been a documented case of groundwater contamination due to hydraulic fracturing; the process occurs thousands of feet below drinking water aquifers. Therefore, the chemicals used in the fracturing process pose no threat to drinking water. Opposition […]

Comparing & Contrasting Extractive Industry Sectors in Ghana & the US

By Deanna Bitetti (Common Cause) and Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH (CHEC) In the quiet of the morning the group we have travelled to Ghana with using a grant from the US Department of State to study extractive industries find ourselves swapping stories – wistfully thinking of American life back home. We find ourselves constantly comparing and contrasting […]