Plan Shows Regulatory Agency and Fracking Industry in Cahoots to Promote Drilling in State Parks | EcoWatch

Plan Shows Regulatory Agency and Fracking Industry in Cahoots to Promote Drilling in State Parks | EcoWatch.

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in NYS”: Pro-fracking interests spent $64.3 million from 2007 to 2013

Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets in NYS”: Pro-fracking interests spent $64.3 million from 2007 to 2013.

INVESTIGATION: The Flip Side Of Obama’s Keystone XL Delay

INVESTIGATION: The Flip Side Of Obama’s Keystone XL Delay.

“Frackademia” By Law: Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Exposed | DeSmogBlog

“Frackademia” By Law: Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Exposed | DeSmogBlog.

Seven Charged with Corruption over Shale Gas in Poland | Energy Management content from IndustryWeek

Seven Charged with Corruption over Shale Gas in Poland | Energy Management content from IndustryWeek.

At Industry’s Urging, Engineer Reverses Position on LPG Cavern Storage « DC BureauDC Bureau

At Industry’s Urging, Engineer Reverses Position on LPG Cavern Storage « DC BureauDC Bureau.

“Moreland Monday” Analysis of Pro-Fracking Contributions Raises Serious Questions for Commission to Investigate – Common Cause

“Moreland Monday” Analysis of Pro-Fracking Contributions Raises Serious Questions for Commission to Investigate – Common Cause.

Powerful Friends and Cozy Relationships Helped Cheniere Cut Through Regulation « DC BureauDC Bureau

Powerful Friends and Cozy Relationships Helped Cheniere Cut Through Regulation « DC BureauDC Bureau.

Sunday Times review of DEP drilling records reveals water damage, murky testing methods – News – The Times-Tribune

Sunday Times review of DEP drilling records reveals water damage, murky testing methods – News – The Times-Tribune.

First of two parts

State environmental regulators determined that oil and gas development damaged the water supplies for at least 161 Pennsylvania homes, farms, churches and businesses between 2008 and the fall of 2012, according to a cache of nearly 1,000 letters and enforcement orders written by Department of Environmental Protection officials and obtained by The Sunday Times.

The determination letters are sent to water supply owners who ask state inspectors to investigate whether oil and gas drilling activities have polluted or diminished the flow of water to their wells.

Interactive Map:  http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/gas-drilling-complaints-map-1.1490926

Inspectors declared the vast majority of complaints – 77 percent of 969 records – unfounded, lacking enough evidence to tie them definitively to drilling or caused by a different source than oil and gas exploration, like legacy pollution, natural conditions or mining.

One in six investigations across the roughly five-year period – 17 percent of the records – found that oil and gas activity disrupted water supplies either temporarily or seriously enough to require companies to replace the spoiled source.

The letters confirming contamination or water loss from drilling and the orders that require companies to fix the damage provide what is likely the best official count of the industry’s impact on individual water supplies in Pennsylvania because the state does not track the disruptions.

The Sunday Times requested the records in late 2011, and received access to them late last year after a state appeals court ruled that the DEP had to release the documents regardless of whether it was hard for the agency to find them in its files.

While the records compiled by the newspaper offer a more complete tally of the number of affected properties than was previously available, the count is not exhaustive:

Ian Urbina @ NYU: The New York Times Drilling Down Series 4-17-2013 – YouTube

Ian Urbina @ NYU: The New York Times Drilling Down Series 4-17-2013 – YouTube.

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