DMME’s Fracking Regulations – Public Comment Period

Background document and resource materials provided by the Southern Environmental Law Center: For the last two years, DMME has been considering improvements to Virginia’s oil and gas regulations— the process was initiated by an industry petition in December 2013 to use FracFocus in Virginia as a method to disclose fracking fluids used in well stimulation. DMME […]

Just another day

The United Nations has declared Saturday, March 22 World Water Day. It’s aim is to raise awareness about the connections between water and energy – two resources that are intimately connected but rarely talked about as a unit. The UN has its own global messages about how both water and energy supplies are limited while […]

PA Court supports local fracking limits

A Pennsylvania court on Thursday struck down a provision of a state law that forbade municipalities to limit where natural gas drilling can take place within their boundaries. Read the New York Times Article.

Our Eyes On….Fracking (featuring the Waterdogs)

This is the first in a series of stories about the genesis of citizen water monitoring efforts in North Central Pennsylvania in response to the rush to Marcellus Shale drilling and its potential effects on our water. The Pine Creek Waterdogs, God’s Country Waterdogs, and local Trout Unlimited chapters provide hands-on monitoring to measure water […]

Tracking Fracking: The Sky’s the Limit

Amy Mathews Amos writes for EcoWatch on SkyTruth and Downstream partnership with the Pine Creek and God’s Country WaterDogs. Link to EcoWatch Article

Downstream Takes to the Air over Frack Country with SkyTruth and LightHawk

“The truth is in the sky,” a quote by Tioga County Planning Director, Jim Weaver, sums up our expedition last weekend to Frack Country in north-central Pennsylvania with our project partner, SkyTruth. Jim was our spotter as the Downstream camera crew flew with volunteer LightHawk pilot, Jamie Gamble, on a 3-hour flight over threatened forest land […]

NAS Report Validates Major Environmental, Health Concerns Raised by Uranium Mining Opponents

Contacts: Cale Jaffe, Southern Environmental Law Center, 434-760-0816. Dan Holmes, Piedmont Environmental Council, 571-213-4250. RICHMOND, VA – The long-awaited report issued by the National Academy of Sciences today echoes numerous pitfalls with potential uranium mining, milling and waste disposal in the Commonwealth that many concerned Virginians have expressed in past months. The 300-page report was […]

Downstream to partner with SkyTruth!

Watch SkyTruth on WV Public Broadcasting SkyTruth, a West Virginia organization that garnered attention last year calculating the size of the BP oil spill is branching out. As Cecelia Mason of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, SkyTruth is launching a program that will help landowners, local governments and environmental organizations monitor Marcellus Shale drilling. The […]

The Fracking Controversy

By The Casey Research Energy Team The news that Blackstone Group LP (BX), the world’s largest private equity firm, is set to invest $1 billion in unconventional oil and gas projects in North America through a joint venture with Alta Resources has cemented a spotlight on fracking. A U.S. Senate committee is currently conducting a […]

The Whole Fracking Enchilada

Great Article from Orion Magazine