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This week: An entire issue of a peer-reviewed journal devoted to public health impacts of oil and gas drilling

This week the peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Science and Health devoted an entire issue to the public health impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania, a state that now supplies 25% of the natural gas produced in the United States. The issue, titled … Continue reading

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More new evidence of public health risk at drilling sites all over the United States (with awesome diagram of chemical health effects)

The evidence documenting the dangers to community health from oil and gas drilling continues to mount. As the shale revolution brings industrial production areas into communities all over the country, more and more people are exposed to increasingly well-documented health … Continue reading

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New report: Montana does not provide public information on legal violations committed during drilling

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” -Justice Louis Brandeis, 1913 A brand new report highlights the transparency, or lack of it, of public records on oil and gas drilling in different states. It is yet another clear … Continue reading

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Action Alert: Public comment period for BLM leases on the Beartooth Front in northern Wyoming ends Monday, February 23

Last May a large number of public comments played an important role in the deferral of a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) oil lease in the Dean area. While the BLM is not currently considering any leases in Stillwater or … Continue reading

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Finding the truth about the health impacts of drilling in the Information Age: a remarkable new study

We are coming closer to a “smoking gun” that ties fracking to negative health outcomes. It will take time — the Shale Revolution is only ten years old and the health impacts will take years to reveal themselves, and the … Continue reading

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Learning opportunity: Health impacts of fracking

I want to make you aware of what looks like a terrific learning opportunity available on November 4 at Noon Mountain time. Three experts will be describing the state of the science on the health implications of fracking. The event … Continue reading

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Gas flaring is dangerous to our health and environment. There’s one way to stop it. Locally.

Gas flaring, the deliberate open-air burning of natural gas, is a practice common in the largest shale oil plays where natural gas is a byproduct of oil extraction. There are some legitimate reasons to allow limited use of flaring. After a shale oil/gas … Continue reading

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Ravalli Republic Letter to the Editor: Reform the Board of Oil and Gas

The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the online editon of the Ravalli Republic (Hamilton, Montana)  on March 30, 2014: The Red Lodge area has been described as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park, nestled in the beautiful Beartooth Mountains. … Continue reading

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More on fetal health issues, railroad safety

Updates from topics covered in previous posts. Fracking and fetal health On a couple of occasions we’ve looked at scientific studies linking birth issues with a mother’s proximity to fracking wells. On January 5, we looked at a study that … Continue reading

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“Changed circumstances”: Montana Board of Oil and Gas reconsiders rulemaking on fracking chemical disclosure

Citing “changed circumstances,” the Montana Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) has decided to reconsider rulemaking on fracking chemical disclosure at its next meeting on February 1.

While the Board didn’t specify what had changed, one new circumstance is the legal action filed against the BOGC on January 17 by a coalition of Montana property owners, public health advocates, and conservation groups. The suit seeks more transparent disclosure of information to the public on chemicals used in the fracking process. Continue reading

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