Official reports (2014 – 2015)

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shale gas and fracking reportSGR-CIEH-Shale-gas-bfg  July 2014

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database

DATABASEhttps://www.zotero.org/groups/pse_study_citation_database/items

 


RECENT FRACKING SCIENCE HANDOUT

Full of links Thanks to Sandra Steingraber

science
http://nyagainstfracking.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/NY-SOS-Recent-Fracking-Science-Handout.pdf

REGULATION
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report oil and gas regulations inspections

662993 regulation inspection report us

Comments and considerations for EU – http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/06/14/9625/

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HEALTH
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REPORT – High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing, public health review, NY state http://frackingfreeireland.org/2014/12/31/report/

health report
https://www.health.ny.gov/press/reports/docs/high_volume_hydraulic_fracturing.pdf
high_volume_hydraulic_fracturing  (PDF)

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REPORT – Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development –  31-12-2014

 

SANDRA STEINGRABER

Fracking is a public health disaster. The US and Europe should say ‘No!’
sandra steingraber health

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/fracking-public-health-disaster-us-and-europe-should-say-no-302741 Continue reading →


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About This Report CHPNY-Fracking-Compendium
The Compendium is a fully referenced compilation of the significant body of scientific, medical and journalistic findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking. Organized to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists and the public at large, the
Compendium succinctly summarizes key studies and other findings relevant to the ongoing public debateabout unconventional methods of oil and gas extraction.
The Compendium should be used by readers to grasp the scope of the information about both public health and safety concerns and the economic realities of fracking that frame these concerns.
The reader who wants to delve deeper may consult the reviews, studies, and articles referenced. (In addition, a fully searchable, near -exhaustive citation database of peer
– reviewed journal articles pertaining to shale gas and oil extraction is housed at the PSE Healthy Energy Library.

 

How Fracking Just Got Worse for Your Health

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How Fracking Just Got Worse for Your Health

Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council | October 6, 2014 1:42 pm

  • 1-bromopropane used as a cleaning solvent and in spray adhesives;
  • Pentachlorophenol, a complex mixture used as a wood preservative to treat utility poles;
  • Ortho-Toluidine, used to make rubber chemicals, pesticides, dyes, and some consumer products;
  • Cumene, found in fuel products and tobacco smoke.

Cumene is classified as “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer. It’s also on the congressional list of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for oil and gas. It’s been listed as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 1990, so it’s been known to be bad for health for a long time.

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WATER
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REPORT “Fracking Frenzy”. Friends of the Earth and Press release

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The new Friends of the Earth Europe report on fracking is called “Fracking Frenzy“.
The report presents how the fracking industry is now developing worldwide, on every continent, through the example of eleven key countries (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, South Africa, India, Indonesia, China and Russia). Unfortunately, these developments are occurring in even more fragile ecosystems than the ones where first fracking developments have been made so far: in extremely water-scarce countries, in earthquake-prone areas, in regions where transboundary aquifers are the main source of drinking water…etc
If these developments are still in their infancy, we can already see numerous attempts by industries and pro-fracking governments to put in place industry-friendly legal framework, put in place to the detriment of environmental and peoples’ protection.
The report also presents some findings on how a worldwide development of the fracking industry could have dramatic impacts on climate change, with a particularly high costs paid by countries in the South. Continue reading

fracking and waterHydraulic Fracturing & Water Stress: Water Demand by the Numbers is a new report by Ceres, a non-profit organization advocating sustainability leadership. The study (complete with interactive maps) provides the first data of its kind on water sourcing risks in eight regions of intense shale gas/oil development in the USA. It details the volumes of water used by particular companies and provides recommendations for “how oil and gas companies and their service providers can minimize their water demands and reduce their impacts on communities and the environment.”As this article by ecologist Dr. David Suzuki points out: “The report notes that close to half of the oil and gas wells recently fracked in the U.S. ‘are in regions with high or extremely high water stress’ and more than 55 percent are in areas experiencing drought.”

Dr. Suzuki notes that while the study includes recommendations for reducing the quantities of fresh water used by hydraulic fracturing, “the drilling method comes with other environmental problems, from groundwater contamination to massive ecosystem and habitat disruption”. He concludes: “It’s important to heed the conclusions and recommendations of this study and others, but given the problems with fracking, and other forms of extraction, we must find ways to control our insatiable fossil fuel demand.”

One of the areas shown by the Ceres report to be under high or extremely high water stress is California. In the state, which is currently experiencing a severe drought, lawmakers have initiated a bill that would halt hydraulic fracturing operations in the state until a comprehensive review of their economic, environmental and public health impacts is completed

Scientists Just discovered how to determine if water contamination comes from fracking

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Untitled-Captured-15http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/10/21/3581800/duke-fracking-waste-tracker/

A team of U.S. and French scientists say they have developed a new tool that can specifically tell when environmental contamination comes from waste produced by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

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Fracking wastewater poses threat to drinking water

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SCIENTIST AND DRINKING WATER

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/25/3572143/fracking-wastewater-health-study/

Every year, hundreds of billions of gallons of wastewater are produced by fracking operations across America. Some of that water gets stored in manmade ponds, some of it is injected underground, and some of it is treated and put back into rivers. Continue reading

 

Fracking Waste Water

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WASTE WATER

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/09/140924113521.htm

Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A new study, appearing in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, has found that discharge of fracking wastewaters to rivers, even after passage through wastewater treatment plants, could be putting the drinking water supplies of downstream cities at risk. Continue reading

 

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FOOD
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ENVIRONMENT
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earthquakes

Fracking Causing 2000+ Earthquakes in Oklahoma & Ohio
http://www.occupycorporatism.com/home/fracking-causing-earthquakes-oklahoma-ohio/?utm_source=Top+US+World+News+|+Susanne+Posel+Daily+Headlines+and+Research&utm_medium=FB

The small town of Jones, Oklahoma is the center of a new study published by researchers from Cornell University (CU) showing that recent surges on earthquake activity are correlated directly with hydraulic fracturing (fracking). –

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How Fracking Hurts Animals http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/30/5-ways-fracking-hurts-animals/

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Many people know the issues with fracking when it comes to water and air pollution, but animals are also at risk. Two studies in the last two years, show how farm animals and aquatic life are impacted by fracking.

(…)The report has been produced by Robert E. Oswald, a biochemist and Professor of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, and Michelle Bamberger, a veterinarian with a master’s degree in pharmacology. (…)

New study links fracking to birth defects in heavily drilled Colorado
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/30/new-study-links-frackingtobirthdefectsinheavilydrilledcolorado.htm

 

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CLIMATE – AIR
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More scientific evidence that fracking cooks the climate

Professors Howarth, Ingraffea and others published new peer-reviewed scientific research, showing plumes of methane 100 to 1,000 times EPA estimates in areas with shale gas drilling.

We have to be careful on how we present these findings: 7 of the about 700 well pads showed very high emission rates, and these accounted for potentially as much as 30 percent of the total.
It again goes to show that you only need to have a couple of poorly-run well pads to counter any climate benefits of shifting from coal to (shale) gas in the power sector. This is known as the problem of the ‘super-emitters’.
Needless to say that this puts an almost an impossible task on authorities to monitor the dozens of well-pads, where fracking is happening simultaneously. With fracking operations moving around every couple of weeks. And 100s of wells being drilled per year in the sweet spots.

There is a nice graphic in the Washington Post: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/unexpected-loose-gas-from-fracking/950/

Below is the peer-reviewed article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA. plus link to PNAS article.
 Peer review article: Caulton et al.

Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas… report

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Untitled-Captured-05The story appears in Russia Today and is based on an apparently real and scientific study of toxin levels in the locality of fracking sites, specifically the level of Benzene and formaldehyde. The study: http://www.ehjournal.net/content/13/1/82

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This New Study Explains Why Fracking Won’t Solve Climate Change

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Very important new finding in peer-reviewed scientific article: Regardless of the whole debate on the level of fugitive methane emissions, natural gas as a ‘transition fuel’ is a bridge to nowhere. Abundant global gas supplies with a global shale gas ‘revolution’ will not make any difference for the climate

Good discussion here: http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/10/study-fracking-natural-gas-climate-change

And another article:
http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/2014/10/15/stories/1060007399 Continue reading

Natural gas a bridge to nowhere, study finds

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http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/25/natural-gas-bridge-nowhere/

A study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters found that switching from coal to natural gas would not significantly lower the greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.

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CHEMICALS
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chemicals
Report: Hydraulic-Fracturing-Chemicals1

http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Hydraulic-Fracturing-Chemicals-2011-4-18.pdf

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/05/07/opinion/018o1pol

Exposed and in the dark about fracking chemicals in Europe

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chemicals

http://fractura-hidraulica.blogspot.com.es/2014/10/exposed-and-in-dark-about-fracking.html

viernes, 24 de octubre de 2014

Exposed and in the dark about fracking chemicals in Europe

The institutions of the European Union do not know what chemical substances are currently being utilized in the hydraulic fracturing process within EU territory. Worse still, they openly admit it is impossible to carry out an adequate risk characterization up to date, because exposure models for such a risk assessment do not exist yet. The plan announced by the Commission to repair this situation looks insufficient. Continue reading

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COMMUNITIES
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Fracking Threatens Millions of Californians

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Fracking Threatens Millions of Californians

| October 22, 2014 5:29 pm | Comments

A new report shows that 5.4 million Californians—more than 14 percent of its 38.3 million population—live within a mile of an oil or gas well, and almost four million of those, or nearly 70 percent, are Hispanic, Asian or African-American, according to a new Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report Drilling in California: Who’s at Risk? Non-whites make up slightly more than 40 percent of California’s total population.
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LEGAL
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ECONOMY gas prices
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Scientists sceptical of shale gas benefits

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Scientists sceptical of shale gas benefits

 http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/scientists-bury-hopes-eu-shale-gas-revolution-309988

But the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) sees no reason to ban fracking on scientific or technical grounds.

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Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report

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Shale gas unlikely to make the UK energy self-sufficient, says report

Fracking’s potential has been ‘overhyped’ by politicians and shale gas will not reduce energy prices or reliance on gas imports, says UK Energy Research Centre

Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/337623/chapter_4.pdf
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A general view of the fracking site at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester on January 26, 2014.
The fracking site at Barton Moss, Greater Manchester. “Any talk of shale gas making the UK self-sufficient again … is far-fetched,” says the UKERC report. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

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COMPANIES
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TECHNOLOGY
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THE NETHERLANDS – Dutch research Programme on Upstream Gas

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EU
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Report: shale gas extraction and EU

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REPORT – by European Academies Science Advisory Council
Shale gas extraction: issues of particular relevance to the European Union http://www.easac.eu/fileadmin/PDF_s/reports_statements/EASAC_Statement_ShaleGasExtraction.pdf
And here the steering group
http://www.easac.eu/energy/steering-panel.html

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MYTHS – Bubble
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POST CARBON
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Report – Drilling deeper + review

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drilling deeperReport Drilling deeper: http://shalebubble.org/drilling-deeper/
Review: Drilling deeper, new report- review
http://cleantechnica.com/2014/10/27/fracking-slow-motion-train-wreck-revealed-new-report/

Friends of the Earth Europe reports:
A new report from David Hughes, the author of Drill Baby Drill, was released today by the Post Carbon Institute. For you people interested in understanding how the industry and federal US agencies are contributing to the hype around the alleged economic and energy benefits of UFF, this is an important update that David is making today. I can only strongly recommend the reading.
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ALTERNATIVES
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