Welcome to Coal-Seam-Gas.com where we provide the opportunity for Citizen Journalists to publish
their stories from around the globe, focusing on the potential environmental, community and economic impacts
associated with methane "natural gas" mining using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies.
The fracking extraction process is used in several states, including Texas, New York,
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Wyoming,
California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana and Arkansas.
Vermont became the first state to ban hydraulic
fracturing in 2012.
From John Fenton's 'Warning from Wyoming' tour of Australia, here is a complete
film of John's appearance at the Empire Theatre Bowral, NSW Australia, Tuesday 4
March 2014. John has a stark story to tell about the horrific realities of
living in a gasfield. With Peter Martin of Southern Highlands Coal Action Group.
Camera/sound/editing Paul Robert Burton.
1 December 2013 - A bill to temporarily ban
the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,
is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. The Joint Committee on
Environment and Natural Resources has approved a bill that would create a
10-year moratorium on the technique. There could be limited shale gas deposits
in Western Massachusetts.
Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water -
12 August 2013 - What some ranchers may not know when they agree to sell
drilling leases to energy companies, granting them permission to drill and frack
on their land, is that in some cases they are reaping the seeds of their own destruction.
The problem is that the huge water demand of the fracking industry has put wells
and water aquifers in Texas under a lot of pressure, and the recent heat waves
and droughts have proven too much, causing some to dry up fully.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated that around 30
communities in the Lone Star State may actually run out of water by the end of
the year, not something that people would expect from a first world country.
A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water -
12 August 2013 - Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the
ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty
Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred
from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In
Barnhart's case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being
extracted for shale gas fracking.
New Projects in Oil and Gas Database May Surpass 2012's Total
Sugar Land, Texas - 23 August, 2013 - "The shale gas/hydraulic
fracturing ("fracking") revolution in North America has injected new
life into the oil and gas industry, especially in midstream
infrastructure. So far this year, the new project count stands at
more than 970, putting Industrial Info on track to surpass last
year's growth," said
Resources who maintain an industry database.
Articles in the
Drilling Down series from The New York Times examine
the risks of natural-gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing
US Energy Information Administration Maps:
Exploration, Resources, Reserves, and Production
"Marcellus shale" is a geologic formation
extending across much of southern New York, western and northern
Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and West Virginia.
U.S. House Prepares Early Christmas Gift
To Natural Gas Industry
17 November 2013 -
desmogblog.com - U.S. House of Representatives have drafted several new
pieces of legislation granting the wishes of the natural gas fracking industry.
These legislative efforts could go before the entire House for a vote as early
as next week.
More Than 1,600 Water Officials to
Gather in Los Angeles
3-6 December, 2013 - "All In for California Water"
at ACWA Fall Conference
Planning for California's water future requires input from local, state and
federal leaders as well as movers and shakers in agriculture, the environment
and the economy.
Aerial View: Coal Seam Gas Fracking in
Does Homeland Security Think
Fracktivists are Terrorists?
November 15, 2013 -
EcoWatch - According to comments made by Mark Grawe, chief
operating officer at EagleRidge Energy, Denton, Texas residents who
object to his company’s reckless operations way too close to their
homes, schools and parks are terrorists worthy of inclusion on the
Department of Homeland Security’s watch list.
Analysis Finds Offshore Fracking Industry Pumping Toxic Wastewater Into Coastal Waters
November 15, 2013 -
ecoWatch - Citing the use of
hazardous hydraulic fracturing chemicals and the release of oil
industry wastewater off California’s coast, the Center for
Biological Diversity yesterday called on the Coastal Commission to
halt fracking for oil and gas in state waters and press for tighter
regulation of fracking in federal waters.
In a letter delivered as commissioners meet this week in Newport
Beach, CA, the center says hundreds of recently revealed frack jobs
in state waters violate the Coastal Act. Some oil platforms are
discharging wastewater directly into the Santa Barbara Channel,
according to a government document.
May End the Gas-Fracking Boom
12 September 2013 -
Scientific American - In Pennsylvania, the closer you live to a
well used to hydraulically fracture underground shale for natural
gas, the more likely it is that your drinking water is contaminated
This conclusion, in a study
published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
in July, is a first step in determining whether fracking in the
Marcellus Shale underlying much of Pennsylvania is responsible for
tainted drinking water in that region.
Fracking Disposal Wells Pose
Challenges In Texas
March 29, 2013 -
npr.org - Wastewater disposal wells are becoming a
common landmark in the drilling regions of Texas as the
water-intensive practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking,
continues to spread.
In the fracking process, several million
gallons of water, combined with sand and chemicals, are sent down a
well to break up rock and retrieve oil and gas. Some of the fluid
comes back up, along with additional underground water.
Most of this wastewater is trucked to disposal wells and injected
thousands of feet underground for permanent storage.
But those wells
have caused concern about truck traffic, accidents and the
possibility for spills and groundwater contamination.
... The amount of wastewater being disposed of
in Texas wells has skyrocketed with the spread of fracking, to
nearly 3.5 billion barrels in 2011 from 46 million barrels in 2005,
according to data from the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state’s
oil and gas regulator.
On average, companies in Texas dispose of 290
million barrels of wastewater — equivalent to about 18,500
Olympic-size swimming pools — each month.