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Why New Mexico shouldn’t rush toward repurposing oilfield wastewater

3 years 2 months ago
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of New Mexico recently announced an agreement to create a working group to explore the regulatory landscape regarding potential new options for managing oil and gas wastewater. In 2017, New Mexico’s oil and gas operators produced nearly 38 billion gallons of wastewater – also known as “produced […]
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EPA’s Water Report: A Good but Incomplete Start

6 years 2 months ago
One study cannot answer every question about water pollution risks from oil and gas drilling, nor should it be expected to. But as my colleague Nichole Saunders pointed out, the oft-quoted statement of EPA’s water study – that it found no evidence of “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water sources”– implied to some that activities […]
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No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

6 years 11 months ago
We all want easy answers. And often times the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use, for example, can help decrease U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. Natural gas also can help transition our energy mix to […]
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Why The Texas Railroad Commission Must Get Well Integrity Right

8 years 7 months ago
On February 28, 2013, something went very wrong on a well site in Hemphill County, Texas: According to Railroad Commission investigators, there was “one injury from well head being blown off when casing parted.” According to the investigators, it took almost two weeks before this “frac water” stopped flowing out of the wellbore, and another […]
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A Red Flag On Disclosure Of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals

8 years 11 months ago
It’s not often that a new regulatory idea becomes so popular that one or more states per month climb on the bandwagon. But that is precisely what has happened with the push to disclose which chemicals are pumped into the ground to stimulate oil and natural gas production during the process known as hydraulic fracturing, […]
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University At Buffalo’s Shale Resources And Society Institute’s ‘Environmental Impacts During Shale Gas Drilling’ Report

9 years 6 months ago
The University at Buffalo’s Shale Resources and Society Institute issued a report yesterday, “Environmental Impacts During Shale Gas Drilling: Causes, Impacts and Remedies,” which offers a quantitative data review of Pennsylvania’s regulation of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. The press release notes that I was a reviewer for the report. While I was […]
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Root Causes Of Water Pollution From Oil And Gas Operations

9 years 8 months ago
I received a flurry of emails this morning congratulating me on comments I made that appeared in a Wall Street Journal article titled, “Faulty Wells, Not Fracking, Blamed for Water Pollution.” It is a good article. It suggests that even if artificial channels created by hydraulic fracturing have not yet been shown to have caused […]
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If The Problem Isn’t Hydraulic Fracturing, Then What Is?

9 years 9 months ago
Today, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin released a major report titled, “Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development.” The report’s conclusions are those of the authors, though Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) helped the […]
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