An outspoken critic of coalbed methane fracking has won a comprehensive and long fought decision for the release of information regarding the natural gas recovery practice.Rosebud resident Jessica Ernst launched a freedom of information FOIP request in 2008 for water well data after she claims her well water became contaminated by fracking activity near her residence.The privacy commissioner’s decision released Monday states Alberta Innovates — formerly the Alberta Research Council ARC — “had not established that it had exercised its discretion reasonably when it elected to withhold information.”The adjudicator ordered the release of information pertaining to reports done by ARC related to groundwater contamination by coalbed methane development in Wheatland County.
The drought comes after a record-breaking warm winter that left very low “snowpack levels” in water basins. “Even though the reservoir levels are still strong and northeast Colorado soil moisture is still pretty good, we just don’t usually start out quite this warm and dry at this time — so this is very concerning,” CSU climatologist Nolan Doesken said. “In 2002, things didn’t seem that bad at the end of March, as March had been quite cool, with some snow.
Colorado’s hydrofracking boom — a technology that heavily relies on water — only adds additional strain as farmers and drillers bid for a scarce resource…
Thanks to the smoking gun of Josh Fox’s sobering documentary Gasland, hydraulic fracturing has finally entered our renewable news cycle. Yet despite poisoning groundwater, freeing methane and literally creating earthquakes back east, fracking has a visibility problem in California.
Oil and gas drilling and fracking pose extraordinary threats to Colorado’s Denver metro and Front Range cities including to air quality, water quality in streams and groundwater, wildlife habitat, private property rights and landscape health. These impacts are generally similar wherever drilling and fracking occurs across the U.S.
But what makes drilling and fracking unique in Colorado—and especially across Colorado’s Front Range from Fort Collins to Pueblo—is its threat to Colorado’s rivers.
A company using “fracking” to drill for gas in Lancashire has had to suspend operations following a 1.5 magnitude earthquake near Blackpool on Friday.It is the second earthquake to strike Lancashire since April, and experts say it may be a result of the controversial practice, a process of drilling for natural shale gas which involves injecting water and rock-dissolving fluids underground at extremely high pressure to break apart hard shale rocks and release gas.
The most endangered river in the United States is at risk from natural gas development and the hazards associated with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for the second year running, according the American Rivers annual list of the country’s 10 most endangered rivers, released today.
The clean rivers advocacy group placed the Susquehanna River at the top of this year’s list, citing the rush to develop natural gas reserves in the region without considering the risk to clean water and public health. Last year’s most endangered river was the Upper Delaware, also threatened by natural gas extraction.
Andrew Fahlund, senior vice president of conservation at American Rivers, said, “This year’s list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers is a clear reminder that if we don’t protect and restore our rivers, public safety, the economy, and the environment will suffer grave consequences.”
Read more via American Rivers At Greatest Risk in 2011.
In a new report released today, “Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Water, Health, and Climate,” DeSmogBlog details the concerns that scientists, cancer specialists, ecologists, investigative journalists and others have raised about the unconventional gas boom. Featuring original interviews and unpublicized reports, “Fracking The Future” delves into many of the key issues in the unconventional gas debate.
DeSmogBlog is calling for a nationwide moratorium on fracking, citing the fact that the potential impacts on water, health, and climate appear greater than previously understood. A moratorium is necessary to protect the public while fracking is studied much more thoroughly in order to determine if the risks of this practice outweigh the benefits.