Oil and gas groups block briefing for officials on health impacts of drilling: Commission agrees to postpone presentation ahead of key health and safety rulemaking

By Chase Woodruff -August 19, 2020 Colorado’s five new oil and gas commissioners were set to hear a presentation from state officials on the health impacts of drilling this week — but oil and gas interest groups objected, and the commission agreed to cancel the briefing. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission chair Jeff Robbins noted the decision at the beginning of …

Study Links Fracking, Flaring to 50 percent More Preterm Births: Before 37 weeks of gestation, such incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death

Environmental Health News https://www.ehn.org/fracking-preterm-births–2646411428.html NYTimes, July 23, 2020, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP6394 Pregnant women who lived near areas where flaring is common had 50 percent greater odds of giving birth prematurely than those who did not. These births occurred before 37 weeks of gestation, when incomplete development raises a baby’s chance of numerous disorders, even death. Expectant mothers who lived near flaring sites …

Methane mapping with satellite imaging spectrometers

Methane Mapping with Future Satellite Imaging Spectrometers, by Alana K. Ayasse et al. alanaayasse@ucsb.edu.  Also Dar Robers, dar@geog.ucsb.edu, Philip Dennison, dennison@geog.utah.edu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA: Andrew.K.Thorpe@jpl.nasa.gov (A.K.T.); robert.o.green@jpl.nasa.gov (R.O.G.); riley.m.duren@jpl.nasa.gov (R.M.D.);  David.R.Thompson@jpl.nasa.gov (D.R.T.) and at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute, Univ of Utah, SLC markus.foote@utah.edu (M.F.); sjoshi@sci.utah.edu (S.J.) https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/11/24/3054/pdf In the coming …

Extraction Oil & Gas lost control of its midstream subsidiary as it tumbled into Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By Greg Avery  – Senior Reporter, Denver Business Journal Extraction Oil & Gas lost ownership of a midstream pipeline subsidiary worth hundreds of millions of dollars just before Extraction’s slide into bankruptcy. And the Denver-based oil company may have to pay its former business tens of millions of dollars for infrastructure north of the Denver metro area, company bankruptcy and U.S. Securities and Exchange …

Pennsylvania attorney general files 15 criminal charges against fracking company Cabot

Associated Press, June 22, 2020 A contractor for the Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. collects a water sample from a resident’s home in Dimock, Pa. on Feb. 13, 2012 (Photo: Associated Press) A court could finally determine if well water pollution in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania’s, fracking Ground Zero is naturally occurring or the result of bad practices by Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. The …

New rules double the minimum length a well must be cased to 10% of its depth and also increases the amount of cement used, and require pressure testing annually

Jun 11, 2020 by Mark Jaffe, Colorado Sun, Every oil and gas well in Colorado must be pressure tested annually under new rules passed by regulators Colorado regulators Wednesday adopted new rules to guard the integrity of oil and gas wells and protect groundwater resources — rules industry and environmental groups both called the most comprehensive in the country. The …

Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace by Nichola Groom, Reuters, 16 June 2020 SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) – In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short …

The level of methane in the atmosphere has risen dramatically in the last decade. It heats the planet 86x more intensely than CO2 over a 20 year period. The fingerprints are on fracking and gas power.

According to new research by Cornell natural gas production is responsible for two-thirds of the sizeable rise in global methane emissions between 2008 and 2014 – with shale gas produced by fracking accounting for more than half of this increase. Multiple stages of the fracking process, in which shale rock is fractured to release trapped oil or gas, result in …

Indoor Air Pollution: the Link between Climate and Health: The combustion emissions from the building sector now contributes to the largest share (37 percent) of premature deaths associated with air pollution

The combustion emissions from the building sector now contributes to the largest share (37 percent) of premature deaths associated with air pollution, compared to other sectors like transport, industry, and power generation. May 5, 2020  |  By Brady Seals, RMI As a global pandemic shines a new light on health, air pollution, and the disproportionate impacts on vulnerable populations, it exposes the …