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Oil & Gas Drilling

 

EWG’s investigations highlight the inherent risks of the current boom in drilling and hydraulic fracturing operations and empower citizens and lawmakers to work for better regulation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The fluids used in hydraulic fracturing of oil wells in California contain dozens of chemicals that are hazardous to human health, including substances linked to cancer, reproductive harm and hormone disruption, an EWG analysis of state data shows.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The fluids used for hydraulic fracturing in California oil wells contain dozens of hazardous chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and reproductive system damage, according to a new report by EWG.

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News Release
Monday, May 4, 2015

A new study published today that found a chemical used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Pennsylvania drinking water is more evidence this this type of oil and gas drilling could continue to threaten our precious water supplies.

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News Release
Monday, March 2, 2015

Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in California is heavily contaminated with a toxic stew of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm, an analysis by Environmental Working Group shows.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Thursday, February 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill shows he stands for national policies that invest in clean renewable energy and that he understands the destructive impact this project would have on America’s environment and energy future.

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News Release
Thursday, January 29, 2015

The U.S. Senate today advanced a Keystone XL pipeline bill that puts corporate oil interests before the health of the public and the environment, EWG said in a statement.

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News Release
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Despite Drought, Hundreds of Fracking Sites Used More Than 10 Million Gallons of Water

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Silica Particles from Frac Sand Mining Put Tens of Thousands at Risk

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It’s no secret that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) disparages much of what the Environmental Protection Agency does, and his frequent attacks have garnered him quite the reputation in the environmental community.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

For Sen. David L. Vitter (R-La.), there’s no more appealing target than the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Reports & Consumer Guides
Monday, July 14, 2014

If you think the risks associated with fracking for oil and gas disappear once a well stops producing and goes out of commission, think again. And that goes for conventional drilling technologies, too.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Monday, June 30, 2014

If oil and gas companies were injecting potentially toxic fluids into the ground near your home or your children’s schoolyard, wouldn’t you want to know about it?

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Monday, February 3, 2014

EWG Executive Director Heather White released the following statement today on the U.S. Department of State’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline permit. 

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News Release
Thursday, January 23, 2014

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled that a 2013 law put a stop to a lawsuit designed to force the state of California to examine the environmental effects of the highly controversial oil and gas drilling process called fracking.

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News Release
Thursday, January 23, 2014

A team of scientists using portable methane detectors reported last week that it has detected 5,893 leaks of methane, the main component of natural gas, from gas utility lines in Washington D.C.  

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

As a mom of an eight-year-old and a six-year old, I can’t escape Disney. But thankfully, my little princesses haven’t yet been exposed to the company’s pro-fracking campaign, “Rockin’ in Ohio.” 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, January 10, 2014

State regulators have confirmed more than 100 cases of well water contamination caused by oil and gas drilling over the past five years, an Associated Press investigation found.

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Monday, November 18, 2013

Diesel fuels contain highly toxic chemicals, one of which is benzene, a known carcinogen.  Even very small concentrations of benzene can contaminate water supplies. If benzene and other toxic chemicals seep into a community’s water, that’s a serious and possibly irreparable problem.  Congress recognized diesel’s extraordinary dangers back in 2005 when it passed the federal Energy Policy Act.  It exempted most oil and gas hydraulic drilling and fracturing from the Safe Drinking Water Act – but not fracking with diesel. 

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EnviroBlog
Blog Post
Friday, November 15, 2013

The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources has today issued draft rules that will, for the first time ever, regulate all forms of oil and gas well drilling in the state, including the controversial practices of hydraulic fracturing and acidization. 

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News Release
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

It is essential to take fully into account the long-term risks and costs to health, environment and communities of all energy resources and to adopt policies based on least cost to consumers and minimal risk.
 

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