Natural Gas Drilling Debate Heats Up: Read Our Guide
Photo by Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the fracking and natural gas drilling debate, with the documentary film Gasland nominated for an Academy Award and a front-page story in Sunday’s New York Times on the dangers posed by the technology. (mais…)
Now-former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger (Michael J. Mullen/AP Photo/Scranton Times & Tribune)
John Hanger, who led Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection until January, recently talked with ProPublica about the challenges of trying to regulate the expanding drilling industry. Hanger joined the DEP in 2008, when gas drilling in the state’s Marcellus Shale formation was ramping up. During his tenure, the department tightened drilling regulations by limiting the discharge of certain pollutants into rivers and streams, strengthening standards for new wells, banning development within 150 feet of certain waterways and requiring drillers to include water-use and waste-disposal plans with their well permit applications. Before he joined the department, Hanger was president and CEO of PennFuture, an environmental organization. He left the DEP when Tom Corbett took over as governor. (mais…)
A drilling rig in Dimock, Pa. (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)
On Sept. 14, 2009, natural gas operatorsfinished drilling the 3H well on the Lbros farm in southwest Pennsylvania. Just over four months later, they “fracked” it by injecting more than 6 million gallons of chemical-laced water into the 2-mile-plus-deep well. (mais…)
An oil drilling rig near Stanley, N.D. The well is being drilled into the Bakken Formation, one of the largest contiguous deposits of oil and natural gas in the United States. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)
Nicholas Kusnetz contributed to this report.
After three members of Congress reported this week that drilling companies have been injecting large amounts of diesel fuel underground to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells, the industry is fighting back — not by denying the accusation, but by arguing that the EPA never fully regulated the potentially environmentally dangerous practice in the first place. (mais…)
O mercado de gás natural é uma grande aposta para os próximos anos, diante da perspectiva de alto crescimento da oferta interna, sobretudo, com as descobertas do pré-sal. O GN apresenta uma vantagem competitiva sobre outras fontes energéticas. (mais…)
Dimock resident Julie Sautner is seen in her basement with her water filtration system in the winter of 2009. (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)
A version of this story was published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Residents of Dimock, Pa., said they were surprised — and in some cases upset — by the settlement that state environmental regulators reached last week with Cabot Oil & Gas, which the Department of Environmental Protection says contaminated 18 water wells with methane from its gas drilling operations. (mais…)