Fracking was behind the 4.6 magnitude quake in B.C.

The earthquake that occurred in August is the largest in the Canadian province to be linked to hydraulic fracturing. According to British Columbia’s energy regulator, the 4.6 magnitude earthquake that occurred back in August in northeast B.C. was the result of a nearby fracking operation. The seismic event took place approximately 110 kilometers (69 miles) northwest of Fort St. John, near a Progress Energy hydrofracturing site, reported CBC News. Frackquakes have occurred in other areas including Oklahoma and the UK. Fracking is a mining process that involves injecting a mixture…

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A rash of quakes in Oklahoma is blamed on fracking wastewater wells

Forty earthquakes shook the state in one week in late July. Within a one week period in Oklahoma, an astonishing number of earthquakes rocked the state, and the governor of Oklahoma, Republican Governor Mary Fallin, links the 40 quakes that recently occurred in late July to the procedures used for fracking and non-fracking wastewater disposal wells. Five of the 40 quakes had a magnitude of 4.0 or higher. According to state seismologist Austin Holland, only seven months of the year have passed and Oklahoma has nearly tied the number of…

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Chemicals used in fracking found in Pennsylvania Drinking Water

Study finds chemical compounds used for hydraulic fracturing in household drinking water. According to the findings of a study recently published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, trace amounts of 2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE), a chemical compound used in drilling fluid (and can also be found in cosmetics and household paint), were found in the drinking water of three Pennsylvanian homes; a finding which only adds to the growing concern that fracking poses risks to public health. The three homes are located near gas wells in the Marcellus Shale.…

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Fracking ban in Texas city approved by voters

Hydraulic fracturing has been outlawed in Denton. Denton, a north town in Texas, has become the first city in America’s top crude producing state to ban fracking, a decision that was reached Tuesday when voters of the town approved to prohibit the controversial mining practice. Denton is located within the Barnett shale formation. This makes the city’s ban quite significant because the Barnett shale formation is where fracking was first developed. Reuters reported that Earthworks energy program director, Bruce Baizel, said that “Denton, Texas is where hydraulic fracturing was invented.”…

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Fracking agreed to be kept off November ballot in Colorado

A last minute deal made between two of the state’s top democrats lead to the withdrawal of two anti-fracking initiatives. On Monday, at a press conference, Democratic Representative Jared Polis announced that he would drop his support for ballot initiatives that would restrict fracking in Colorado, which came as quite a relief to fellow Democrats who were concerned that the ballot initiatives would have cost them votes in the fall elections. The congressman intends to support a new plan from Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper. Rep. Jared Polis was a strong…

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Fracking can now be banned by New York Communities

Towns and cities in New York State can prohibit hydraulic fracturing. A recent court ruling decided that NY municipalities can use zoning laws to ban fracking, a controversial natural-gas extraction method that has lead to an energy boom in the United States, which was a major step backward for the shale gas industry that has had hopes to grow its operations within the state for many years. Over 170 NY cities and towns have used zoning laws to pass bans or delay the process. In 2008, a moratorium was imposed…

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