A Greenpeace investigation has uncovered close ties between a Colorado political couple and at least six oil and gas industry front groups that have been fighting state regulations designed to protect the health of its citizens and the environment. Continue reading
Temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit froze the valve on the back of Greg Bish’s frack truck. To thaw it, he fetched a blowtorch and put the 4-inch flame to the metal.
The explosion blew him 75 feet, over a 7-foot-tall barbed-wire fence, and killed him. Continue reading
In Colorado, produced water [produced water is fracked water, also known as flowback, and is laced with endocrine disrupting, carcinogenic chemicals] from oil wells near Wellington has been treated as a raw water resource to augment shallow water aquifers. [As of the writing of this article, there is no known technology to make fracked water safe again. Once the chemicals are put in the water, they cannot be removed.] The Wellington Oil Company, operating in Larimer County, Colorado, reported that 98.5% of its fluid production is produced water. The company utilized a deep injection well that re-injected the produced water Continue reading
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