Alberta toxic waste spill could be biggest North American environmental disaster in recent history

By | Geekquinox – Thu, 13 Jun, 2013

A toxic waste spill in northern Alberta has killed off roughly 42 hectares of boreal forest, in what could be the biggest environmental disaster in North America in recent history.

The spill was first discovered on June 1st, about 100 kms south of the border with the Northwest Territories, near the small town of Zama City. Texas-based Apache Corporation, the oil company responsible for the spill, just released their estimate of its size on Wednesday. According to their figures, 9.5 million litres of 'produced water' was released into the environment, covering the equivalent of over 50 football fields-worth of land.

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Ventura County Keeps An Eye on Fracking

CFROG is featured in the current "Messenger" from the Environmental Defense Center.

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Natural Gas Found in Drinking Water Near Fracked Wells

June 24, 2013 at 2:03 PM ET

Elevated levels of methane and other stray gases have been found in drinking water near natural gas wells in Pennsylvania's gas-rich Marcellus shale region, according to new research. In the case of methane, concentrations were six times higher in some drinking water found within one kilometer of drilling operations.

"The bottom line is strong evidence for gas leaking into drinking water in some cases," Robert Jackson, an environmental scientist at Duke University in Durham, N.C., told NBC News. "We think the likeliest explanation is leaky wells," he added.

Read the whole article here. Another article in the LA Times on the same study here.

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Forget Fracking: California Should Be Worried About Acid Jobs

What’s an acid job, you ask? Nothing serious, as long as you don’t mind acid in your drinking water.

California’s tortured relationship with oil goes back many years; the first Earth Day in 1970 was triggered by a giant 1969 oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the state is moving at a glacial pace to decide the rules for hydraulic fracturing (AKA fracking) in the Monterey oil formation--the largest oil shale reserve in the U.S., with approximately 15 billion barrels of oil just waiting to be tapped.

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