Rural Pennsylvanians with contaminated water, potentially from fracking, feel abandoned by state regulators

Since 2007, at least 2,800 water-related complaints have been investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Oil and Gas Program. Officials found ties to the drilling industry in 279. Another 500 or so cases, including the Eakins’, are open. While regulators try to catch up to natural gas exploration, some residents of the state have gone months, even years, without access to clean water at their homes.

The derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening. And June was a busy month for crashes.

Over the past several years, there have been numerous derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents, new safety regulations and other train derailments across the country, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories each month.

The EPA just made it official: No more fracking wastewater in public sewage plants

The Environmental Protection Agency has banned the practice of funneling fracking wastewater through public sewage plants nationwide — formalizing former Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2011 request to the industry to voluntarily stop it.

The EPA established the new rule on Monday to address the potential of polluting the water supply with wastewater from hydraulic fracturing.


Study: We’re all full of toxic chemicals

As many as 420 known or suspected carcinogens have been found in human populations through monitoring studies conducted across the globe, according to a first-of-its-kind literature review released today by the Environmental Working Group.