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Texas to Investigate Health Risks of Living Near Drilling Site

Monday, August 20, 2012

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The number of oil and gas drilling sites is rapidly growing with the proliferation of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking. Each new well brings new fears to neighbors who After a rise in breast cancer rates in one area attracted national attention in Texas, the state will now investigate the potential health effects of living near drilling sites.

The investigative reporting unit StateImpact, says previous limited studies have found no health risks in Texas, though studies in Utah and Colorado have pinned ill-health and smog on drilling. Dave Fehling spoke with Texas officials about the potential study.

Read the full story at StateImpact.

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Explainer: Will High Gas Prices Hurt Obama's Re-Election Hopes?

Friday, February 24, 2012

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Wrangling Among States Delays Delaware Gas Drilling Vote

Friday, November 18, 2011

Internal disagreements over how strictly gas drilling should be regulated have caused an inter-governmental agency to indefinitely postpone a vote on proposed rules for natural gas drilling in the Delaware River watershed.



Cuomo Administration Outlines Plan to Allow, Regulate Fracking

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo will open his state to a natural gas drilling technique that has been blamed for water contamination in other parts of the country. Up until now, New York has been the only state to sit out the fracking boom. The state is a big prize for the energy industry, but drillers will have to comply with tough regulations.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a technique for getting gas out of tiny air pockets deep underground. In Texas, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, it's been linked with a variety of problems, including spills and explosions.
New York sits atop the Marcellus Shale, which is believed to be one of the largest gas reservoirs in the world. But so far it's been the only state to sit out the fracking boom.
Now, regulators say they've crafted a plan to do it safely. Among the precautions, are system to track and dispose of toxic flowback water.
So called "unconventional" sources of gas, like the Marcellus Shale in the northeast US, are a growing part of the nation's energy mix.
For NPR News, I'm Ilya Marritz.

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Suit: Feds Failed to Study Fracking Effects in Delaware

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sued several federal agencies alleging they have ignored their legal obligation to study the possible environmental consequences of natural gas drilling in the watershed of the Delaware River.

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Delaware River Guardian Publishes Draft Rules for Gas Drilling

Thursday, December 09, 2010

A multi-state agency with responsibility for keeping the Delaware River clean has proposed rules for natural gas drilling in areas north and west of the city.
The Delaware River Basin Commission has jurisdiction over many of the streams that supply New York City's drinking water. It includes representatives from New York and Pennsylvania, as well as the federal government.
The Commission's draft regulations are more than 80 pages long, and are focused on the issues of water withdrawals and water releases. Drilling new natural gas wells can produce vast quantities of polluted waste water.
There are 90 days to register a comment on the plan, and New York City is already criticizing it. The city says there should be a detailed study of the likely impact on drinking water...and no drilling should happen before then.

A multi-state agency with responsibility for keeping the Delaware River clean has proposed rules for natural gas drilling in areas north and west of New York City.