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New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
New EPA Rules Could Prevent ‘Fracking’ Backlash

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday released new rules to limit methane emissions from natural gas production, a rare set of regulations that may serve the industry well, even if it cuts into producers’ profit margins.

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Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Mortgages for Drilling Properties May Face Hurdle

The Department of Agriculture is considering requiring an extensive environmental review before issuing mortgages to people who have leased their land for oil and gas drilling.

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Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Geologists Sharply Cut Estimate of Shale Gas

Energy Information Administration, which is responsible for quantifying oil and gas supplies, has said it will slash its official estimate for the Marcellus Shale by nearly 80 percent, a move that is likely to generate new questions about how the agency calculates its estimates and why it was so far off in its projections.

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Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 17, 2014
Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

Energy executives, industry lawyers, state geologists and market analysts voice skepticism about lofty forecasts and question whether companies are intentionally, and even illegally, overstating the productivity of their wells and the size of their reserves.

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Homeowners and Gas Drilling Leases: Boon or Bust?

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 11, 2014
Homeowners and Gas Drilling Leases: Boon or Bust?

Many homeowners and farmers in need of cash are inclined sign leasing agreements with gas companies. In making their argument, gas companies reassure property owners that the drilling processes and chemicals used are safe. Yet aside from arguments about the relative safety of the extraction process are issues not often discussed, such as the owner’s […]

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Economic Value of Marcellus Shale Gas in the Delaware Basin

Filed in E-Library, Economic Impact by on February 11, 2014
Economic Value of Marcellus Shale Gas in the Delaware Basin

In the Delaware Basin, Marcellus shale gas drilling is at the center of a contentious energy-water policy debate that pits gas companies, land owners, and rural towns interested in jobs versus environmental groups, water utilities, and fishermen concerned about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on the quality and quantity of water supplies. This study reviews […]

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Estrogen and Androgen Receptor Activities of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Surface and Ground Water in a Drilling-Dense Region

Filed in E-Library, Health Impacts by on February 11, 2014
Estrogen and Androgen Receptor Activities of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Surface and Ground Water in a Drilling-Dense Region

They hypothesized that a selected subset of chemicals used in natural gas drilling operations and also surface and ground water samples collected in a drilling-dense region of Garfield County, CO would exhibit estrogen and androgen receptor activities. Water samples were collected, solid-phase extracted, and measured for estrogen and androgen receptor activities using reporter gene assays […]

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Estimation of regional air-quality damages from Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania

Filed in Air, E-Library by on February 11, 2014
Estimation of regional air-quality damages from Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania

This letter provides a first-order estimate of conventional air pollutant emissions, and the monetary value of the associated environmental and health damages, from the extraction of unconventional shale gas in Pennsylvania.

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Study finds permafrost thaw, glacier melt releasing methane

Filed in Climate Change, E-Library by on February 11, 2014
Study finds permafrost thaw, glacier melt releasing methane

Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have found that methane from underground reservoirs are streaming from thawing permafrost and receding glaciers, contributing to the greenhouse gas load in the atmosphere.

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Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado (Article)

Filed in E-Library, Health Impacts by on February 11, 2014
Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado (Article)

Associations between maternal residential proximity to NGD and birth outcomes are examined by calculating inverse distance weighted natural gas well counts within a 10-mile radius of maternal residence to estimate maternal exposure to NGD.

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