Deadly Frackcidents on Our Nation’s Highways
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking is the process of injecting a mixture of liquid, sand, and chemicals into rocks deep below the Earth’s surface in order to release oil and natural gas. You may know that the chemicals used in fracking can contaminate groundwater and that fracking has been linked to earthquake activity, but did you […]
Fracking Transportation Risks: Now It’s Trains, Too
In mid-January 2014, a CSX Corp. freight train derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge near downtown Philadelphia. Train derailments aren’t especially common, but they do occur on a fairly routine basis, so there seemed at first to be no special reason for alarm over this one. The train had dual locomotives and 101 freight […]
Now That Act 13 Has Been Overturned, Does Fracking Go Away?
If campaign contributions don’t actually buy the votes of legislators, at least they will get your voice heard when a key issue arises. That’s certainly been the case for the natural gas industry’s recent influence on Harrisburg’s political class. Big energy companies have been key donors throughout Gov. Tom Corbett’s political career. They have contributed […]
What Level of Death Is Acceptable for the Pennsylvania Fracking Industry?
What happens next if your close friend or relative has been killed in a fracking accident? It’s a very real possibility. Last year was a peak year for fatal accidents in the energy industry. Numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the death rate for oil and gas workers is more than seven […]
Fracking Royalties Fraud: Is it Better to Wait If You’re a Victim?
No doubt you have been following in the news all the recent accusations that big energy companies have been cheating Pennsylvania landowners out of fracking royalties. Big energy corporations bought rights to extract natural gas from beneath land owned by Pennsylvania property owners. The companies promised to pay the landowners at least one-eighth of the […]
New Health and Safety Study Released About Pennsylvania Fracking
More than 70 adults from Bradford County, Pennsylvania recently participated in an important fracking study. Researchers presented the study at the American Occupational Health Conference in Orlando. They found that people who live near fracking sites are concerned that their health problems are related to fracking. Pennsylvania Fracking Concerns Specifically, the study asked 29 questions […]
Is Fracking Safe for Pennsylvanians?
Amid reports of rare cancers, water contamination, and other alarming issues, many Pennsylvania residents are likely concerned about the safety of living near a fracking site. Below is a brief review of some of the health and environmental research surrounding the fracking industry. Chemicals Used in Fracking Hydraulic fracturing fluids use a variety of […]
7 Symptoms of Possible Fracking Related Illness
Are people at risk for fracking related illness? Many of those in the fracking, or natural gas drilling industry, would have you believe that there are no serious health risks associated with the process. However, those who live and work near fracking sites are beginning to report common symptoms. Reported Symptoms • Trouble breathing. • […]
Fracking Complaints Filed with PA Department of Health
At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Department of Health indicated that it has received 30 complaints over the last year from people who claim that their health has been impacted by fracking or natural gas drilling. What Are the Fracking Complaints About? So far, the agency has refused to disclose the nature of the complaints. […]
Some Physicians Concerned About Pennsylvania Fracking Law
Part of the natural gas drilling, or fracking, law in Pennsylvania contains very specific provisions for physicians that has some doctors concerned. According to Pennsylvania fracking law, a doctor who needs to know about chemicals used in the fracking process in order to diagnose or treat a patient must request that information in writing and […]