The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers en Mandeville City Council Delays Vote On Fracking <p>In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About a half-dozen </span>Mandeville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. But no one from </span>Helis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas was there.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:40:43 +0000 Janaya Williams 64102 at Opponents Continue Fight Against St. Tammany Parish Fracking Proposal <p>While critics of a proposed hydraulic fracturing project in Mandeville appeared at a state hearing in Baton Rouge, a lawsuit was filed in a nearby courtroom to stop the plan.</p><p>The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the state Department of Natural Resources is considering a permit requested by Helis Oil and Gas. The hearing focused on whether the 960-acre parcel north of Interstate 12 is large enough to handle the process known as fracking.</p><p>The St. Tammany Parish Council is filing a lawsuit claiming the project can’t be done on land zoned for residential use.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:07:29 +0000 Eileen Fleming 62814 at Helis Oil & Gas Agrees To A Phased Approach To Fracking In St. Tammany <p>Helis Oil &amp; Gas Company has agreed to a phased approach to its project in St.&nbsp;Tammany, starting only with a conventional vertical well, the Times-Picayune reports.</p><p>St. Tammany Parish officials announced the scaled-back plans Tuesday afternoon.</p><p>The proposal calls for Helis to drill down 13,000 feet vertically, and to analyze the findings over three to four months. &nbsp;</p><p>The company has agreed to proceed with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, only if commercially-viable quantities of oil are found to be present.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:23:12 +0000 Janaya Williams 60682 at Rising Shale Water Complicates Fracking Debate The nation's boom in natural gas production has come with a cost: The technique used to get much of the gas out of the ground, called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has contaminated drinking water. But how often and where this contamination is taking place is a matter of much debate and litigation.<p>Now, a new study has found natural pathways of contamination — but that doesn't mean the drilling industry is off the hook.<p>When gas drillers frack, they pump millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, down into a layer of rock called the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania. Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:46:00 +0000 Christopher Joyce 15391 at Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule' <a href=""><em>From WHYY</em></a><p>A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.<p>The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.<p>But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. Thu, 17 May 2012 22:01:00 +0000 editor 11395 at Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.<p>She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.<p>"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."<p>Petron saw high levels of methane in readings from a NOAA observation tower north of Denver. Thu, 17 May 2012 07:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Shogren 11291 at Interactive Map: Conventional Natural Gas Drilling Areas And Shale Basins <p><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">For many years, natural gas companies have been producing the fuel from &quot;conventional&quot; gas reservoirs, relatively close to the surface and easily accessible. New shale gas&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">production techniques have opened much wider areas for exploration, including the Marcellus area in Pennsylvania and Haynesville area in Texas and Louisiana.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 05:53:47 +0000 Tom Gjelten, Alyson Hurt, Andrew Prince and Avie Schneider | NPR 11284 at Slideshow: Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short <embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="thexml=;theswf=" height="463" id="soundslider" name="soundslider" quality="high" src="" style="undefined" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="578" wmode="transparent"></embed> Wed, 16 May 2012 18:42:33 +0000 David Gilkey | NPR 11283 at Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short Quite a few of the 225 people who live in Dish, Texas, think the nation's natural gas boom is making them sick.<p>They blame the chemicals used in gas production for health problems ranging from nosebleeds to cancer.<p>And the mayor of Dish, Bill Sciscoe, has a message for people who live in places where gas drilling is about to start: "Run. Run as fast as you can. Grab up your family and your belongings, and get out."<p>But scientists say it's just not clear whether pollutants from gas wells are hurting people in Dish or anywhere else. Wed, 16 May 2012 18:41:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 11242 at Medical Records Could Yield Answers On Fracking A proposed study of people in northern Pennsylvania could help resolve a national debate about whether the natural gas boom is making people sick.<p>The study would look at detailed health histories on hundreds of thousands of people who live near the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation in which energy companies have already drilled about 5,000 natural gas wells.<p>If the study goes forward, it would be the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of gas production.<p><strong><strong>Secret Weapon: A Very Large Database Wed, 16 May 2012 07:04:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 11170 at