Here’s one thing groups on both sides of the fracking debate can agree on — they don’t like the new regulations proposed by the Department of Interior for fracking on public lands. On the one side, environmentalists say companies should have to disclose the chemicals upfront, before any fracking takes place. The proposal now requires drillers to report those chemicals after a well is fracked....Industry, on the other hand, says the Obama Administration is bigfooting the states when it comes to gas drilling. Erik Milito, from the American Petroleum Institute, says this creates another layer of bureaucracy.Report: NY regulations for drilling waste too lax
A new report from an environmental group says New York's oversight of waste disposal from existing natural gas-drilling operations is too lax, making it virtually impossible to track how much waste is produced and how drillers dispose of it.AP: Pa. gas drilling brought $3.5 billion in 2011
The report released Friday by Environmental Advocates of New York examines Department of Environmental Conservation records related to 100 of the state's 6,628 active gas wells. It finds industry reporting forms provide little detail on where drilling wastewater was sent and whether it actually got to the intended disposal site.
Marcellus shale gas wells in Pennsylvania generated about $3.5 billion in gross revenues for drillers in 2011, along with about $1.2 billion in West Virginia, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.Anti-fracking rally in Mahwah draws more than 200 people
But experts say that a sharp drop in wholesale prices over the past year means that in the future much more money will be made — and more jobs created — by petrochemical companies that process the gas into other industrial and consumer compounds.
They certainly don’t want a swath of North Jersey woodlands cut to make way for an expanded pipeline carrying gas from Pennsylvania. And they really want fracking — the controversial process used to blast gas from underground shale formations — stopped everywhere.
But the more than 200 people gathered Saturday in Mahwah on a tract just off Ramapo Valley Road — claimed as ceremonial land by the members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation — were focused on an even bigger picture of "collectively healing Mother Earth," as Victoria Shield explained.Concerned citizens announce Fracking Rally in Washington, D.C.
Today citizens from affected communities, together with environmental organizations and community groups, announced a call to action to demand an end to putting oil and gas drilling profits ahead of public health, clean water and air, and the safety of communities.This National Day of Action event will be the largest of its kind and will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol, Washington, D.C. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 28.Labeled “Stop the Frack Attack,” the rally will bring thousands to the nation’s capital to demand greater government responsibility and corporate accountability for harm that existing oil and gas development causes.