Tag Archives: hydraulic fracturing

03Nov/14
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How 3,500 Voters in North Dakota Could Put the Brakes on America’s Biggest Fracking Boom

The run-up to tomorrow’s midterm elections has seen an unprecedented spending surge from environmental groups. Climate and energy issues—from fracking in Colorado to coal mining in Kentucky—have taken center stage. But a far less prominent political fight in North Dakota is poised to have an outsized impact on America’s biggest oil boom.

The Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, on the shores of Lake Sakakawea in the northwest part of the state, is home to roughly half of the 14,000 members of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. The community sits atop roughly one-third of an immense treasure-trove: The Bakken Shale, the oil formation that is home to North Dakota’s ongoing fracking boom. Tomorrow, MHA Nation members will head to the polls to elect a new chairman Continue reading

24Oct/14
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What It’s Like To Have 30 Oil & Gas Wells As Neighbors

The first thing Don Martin asks me is if I want the little picture or the big picture. Big picture, I tell him, and he leads me from the gate of his apartment complex to the driveway of his next-door neighbor.

Martin’s neighbor is Freeport McMoRan, a company worth $30 billion. Freeport’s property beside Martin is just one tiny sliver of an empire that spans continents and includes some of the largest gold and copper mines in the world. Continue reading

21Oct/14
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A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping From Oil and Gas Operations

A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to tanks to valves, according to a new study.

“The hope is that this helps us understand what kinds of emissions are coming from which equipment on a site,” said Carsten Warneke, a University of Colorado researcher and lead author on the study. Continue reading

10Oct/14
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The Town of Wellington in Colorado Drinks Treated Frackwater!

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