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The battle against irresponsible fracking

News on the fracking issue is developing constantly. Every week, new reports come in — new horror stories about industry abuses, and new victories in the legal efforts to hold corporations accountable.

Ostroff Injury Law will track these developments for you. We will post links to articles and opinion columns of lasting importance. Understanding the issues as they develop is important for protecting you and your family — and that’s always been our core mission.

  • Beware This Fracking Waste Disposal Method That Puts Everyone in Danger Winter in Pennsylvania is glorious…for about two weeks. After that, the beauty of the snow-covered trees palls, and you realize that you still have about two months of morning commutes across icy highways and evening commutes through driving snow. You wake up more often to gray skies and slush rather than the sun shining brightly across ...
  • Cover Your Ears and Hush Your Mouth When People Talk About the Risks from Fracking There’s a longstanding principle of democracy that explains why Americans put so high a value on free expression. People need the freedom to learn about and discuss the issues of the day in order to clarify their own thinking about public policy. This allows a well-informed electorate to vote for public officials they can trust ...
  • Let’s Just Pour Pennsylvania’s Money Down the Fracking Hole We were promised that hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania—the controversial practice better known as “fracking”—would bring economic joy to the Commonwealth. The environment risks, we were told, would be minimal. The rewards? Thousands of great new jobs in the energy industry, lush royalty checks for property owners, and rising prosperity throughout the state. It sounded like an ...
  • Radioactive Surface Waters Prove Fracking Industry Deceit Energy companies and their apologists—both in Harrisburg and in scientific labs across the U.S.—have reassured Pennsylvania citizens over and over that hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is a completely safe technology. They have repeatedly stated that surface water contamination from fracking fluid isn’t possible. They claimed that, because all operations take place beneath the water table, toxic ...
  • Fracking Mess in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania A federal grand jury returned an indictment against the owner of an oil and gas drilling company on Thursday, February 28, 2013. Benedict Lupo, 62, of Poland, Ohio, was charged with violating the Clean Water Act by dumping more than 20,000 gallons of fracking waste into a river in Youngstown, Ohio. Lupo’s company, Hardrock Excavating, was ...
  • Whose Highways Are These, Anyway? About a month ago, we noted that the out-of-control expansion of fracking in the Marcellus Shale region was also increasing the risks of serious Pennsylvania traffic accidents. Each gas well needs to be serviced by energy company trucks delivering supplies, chemicals, and machinery—a total of hundreds of trips for every drilling site. This means roads ...
  • The Wyoming Well Blowout: What Does It Mean for Pennsylvania Fracking? In late April, a blowout at a hydraulic fracturing gas mine in Wyoming became a major news story. A plume of natural gas and mud blew into the air, and the roar of venting methane gas could be heard from six miles away. Some 67 residents near the well were asked to evacuate their homes. ...
  • Can the Fracking Industry Clean Up After Itself? With the expansion of natural gas extraction into Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, the fracking industry has mushroomed enormously in recent years. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. natural gas production is now running 13 percent higher than during President George W. Bush’s two terms in office. An interactive map from the Earth Justice advocacy group shows ...
  • The Commonwealth Pipeline: Serious Risks, Minimal Rewards The unprecedented exploitation of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale natural gas continues its breakneck pace. Early in March, three energy companies proposed that the fracking frenzy could be accelerated even more by building a new gas pipeline from Pennsylvania to Washington DC, to get natural gas to market more quickly. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the proposed ...
  • Is President Obama Right About Fracking? The president endorsed hydraulic fracturing — without actually saying the word “fracking” — in the 2012 State of the Union address. In his January 24 speech, President Obama said: “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. ...