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Posts marcados ‘WATER’

BURIED SECRETS

Deteriorating Oil and Gas Wells Threaten Drinking Water,

Homes Across the Country

Gas company employees must test this temporary vent to see if it’s safe for Nick Kellington and his family to visit their home. The Kellingtons were evacuated after gas from a nearby abandoned well caused a small explosion in West Mifflin, Pa. (Nicholas Kusnetz/ProPublica)

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

A version of this story was co-publishedwith the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In the last 150 years, prospectors and energy companies have drilled as many as 12 million holes across the United States in search of oil and gas. Many of those holes were plugged after they dried up. But hundreds of thousands were simply abandoned and forgotten, often leaving no records of their existence. (mais…)

Buried Secrets – Gas Drilling’s Environmental Threat

Pennsylvania’s Drilling Wastewater Released to

Streams, Some Unaccounted For

by Nicholas Kusnetz
ProPublica

.The McKeesport Sewage Treatment Plant, one of nine plants on the Monongahela River that has treated wastewater from Marcellus Shale drilling operations. (Joaquin Sapien/ProPublica)

As gas-drilling operations proliferated in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale over the past couple of years, most of the hundreds of millions of gallons of briny wastewater they produced was eventually dumped into the state’s rivers. Much of the rest is unaccounted for. That news, from a detailed look at the state’s management of drilling wastewater by the Associated Press, should come as no surprise to readers of this site. (mais…)

PA. WATER SUPPLY

Pa. Environmental Agency Butts Heads With Gas Drilling Company Over Town’s Water Woes

by Marian Wang
ProPublica

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Dimock resident Julie Sautner, seen in her basement with water from her filtration system, flushed her toilet one day to find a rush of earth-brown water. Tests showed her drinking water was high in aluminum, iron and methane. (Abrahm Lustgarten/ProPublica)

Residents of Dimock, Pa., whose water woes [1] have [2] been [3] widely [4] chronicled [5] as a prime example of the hidden costs of natural gas drilling,  will get a safe and permanent water supply to replace their methane-contaminated wells, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Thursday. (mais…)