New report warns fracking may be as hazardous as asbestos

Hydraulic fracturing could have delayed adverse affects on society. Fracking continues to become more controversial around the world and it is not only environmentalists who are worried about the negative effects this oil and gas extraction process will have on people and the environment, because according to a recent report from the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Mark Walport, hydraulic fracturing carries potential risks that could be as damaging as tobacco, thalidomide and asbestos. Technological advances and innovation need to be assessed fully before they are approved. Fracking for shale…

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Fracking wells are being blamed for health problems in the US

People who live near hydraulic fracturing operations are two times as likely to report health issues, says new study. According to the findings of a random survey that was led by Yale University and involved 492 people in 180 households in southwestern Pennsylvania with ground-fed water wells, 39% (almost two of every five) of those who live less than 1 kilometer (km) from a natural gas fracking well reported upper respiratory problems compared to 18% who lived more than 2 km away from wells. Skin problems were also reported by…

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Fracking industry in the UK may soon have tighter regulations

Not everyone in the UK believes that hydraulic fracturing is safe. According to the Labour party, fracking rules in regard to drilling for natural gas are not strict enough and the party intends to try to make these regulations stronger by formally presenting a series of amendments to the infrastructure bill. Public concern about drilling for shale gas has lead to several protests. There are adequate safeguards in place for fracking for shale gas that meet voluntary agreements or current rules, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change…

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Fracking to arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport

Hydraulic fracturing will help pay off the airport’s longtime debts. Later this month, Console Energy Inc. will begin drilling and fracking for natural gas at the airport, which Allegheny County officials who manage Pittsburgh International claim will bring the airport close to half a billion dollars, which will help to pay off debts that it incurred years and years ago. Horizontal drilling will tap into shale gas reserves that lay beneath the airport. According to a report from the New York Times, the drilling is set to take place outside…

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Fracking concerns raised by Canadian university study

A report claims that regulations for hydraulic fracturing in B.C. are inadequate. A study, conducted by the University of Victoria’s Law Centre for the Fort Nelson First Nation, reveals that since 1968 over 41 billion liters of contaminated waste water has been injected into a single natural gas fracking well, indentified as Well #2240, located in northeastern British Columbia. The reports claim contradicts statements made by the province’s minister of natural gas. According to the study, “waste water is not tracked after disposal,” and “the fate of this massive quantity…

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Fracking ban lifted in North Carolina

NC Governor has signed a bill into law that permits gas drilling in the state. Last week, Republican Governor Pat McCrory lifted a longtime ban on hydraulic fracturing, when he signed a law that would allow for shale gas fracking exploration to take place in North Carolina sooner than was previously expected. Hydrofracturing could start as soon as 2015. It is believed that the state has unused shale gas reserves located in a huge rock formation underground. The mining practice, which is used to extract gas or oil deep beneath…

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The Danger of Natural Gas

 Natural gas continues to grow in popularity, but could be a lethal energy resource Natural gas is currently one of the most aggressively supported forms of fuel in the United States. The government has been investing heavily in support of natural gas over the past few years, claiming that this fuel can be used to transition away from fossil-fuels and embrace a more sustainable future. While natural gas is cleaner than both coal and oil, it is still considered a fossil-fuel, and its production may have serious environmental drawbacks that…

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