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
Federal worker safety investigators are looking into the dangers of flowback tanks at oil and gas sites, in response to the deaths of at least four men who collapsed while taking measurements at tanks in the Bakken Shale. Continue reading
One of Oklahoma’s biggest man-made earthquakes, caused by fracking-linked wastewater injection, triggered an earthquake cascade that led to the damaging magnitude-5.7 Prague quake that struck on Nov. 6, 2011, a new study confirms.
The findings suggest that even small man-made earthquakes, such as those of just a magnitude 1 or magnitude 2, can trigger damaging quakes, said study co-author Elizabeth Cochran, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
“Even if wastewater injection only directly affects a low-hazard fault, those smaller events could trigger an event on a larger fault nearby,” she told Live Science. Continue reading