Yesterday, North of Highway seven, next to a new housing development, just behind the Children’s Hospital, there was a fire 500 feet away from the wellhead. I followed the black smoke to find the event, and I took pictures of the whole aftermath while the firemen were still there. Continue reading
Update 02/11/15: The problems with California’s underground injection control program are far worse than originally reported. It has now been revealed that California regulators with DOGGR permitted hundreds of wastewater injection wells and thousands more wells injecting fluids for “enhanced oil recovery” into aquifers protected under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
Original post: After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days. Continue reading
In the announcement this week of the members of the task force on the dangerous method of oil and gas extraction known as fracking, Gov. John Hickenlooper said, “Critical to the success and effectiveness of this task force is ensuring there is balanced and informed representation.”
Stillwater, OK. It was July. We were driving in unfamiliar territory in central Oklahoma, navigating through dusty, hot ranching communities and along miles of barbwire fence that separated us from distant livestock. The GPS spouted off a series of commands that led to narrower roads with horses, cattle, and homes closer to the fence lines. A mile or so beyond where the pavement ended, we saw it. Continue reading
Documenting human health impacts of exposure to crude oil, tar sands oil, and fracking activities through education, testing & treatment of at-risk populations.
Strengthening policies to protect the public and our workers from oil and chemical exposures. Continue reading