800 salt water spills onto North Dakota land in a decade

Crews dig at a spill site where a leak from a four-inch pipeline spilled nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater brine near Blacktail Creek outside Williston, North Dakota on Jan. 12, 2015.Zack Nelson / Williston Herald via AP file

NBC reports on how farm land is suffering the consequences of the oil and gas boom in North Dakota: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/salting-earth-north-dakota-farmers-struggle-toxic-byproduct-oil-boom-n895771

Gas processing plant threatens family farm in Ohio

The Rockenhausers’ son, Little Pete, in front of the drainage pipe constructed by the energy company next door. The pipe directs runoff from the construction site onto the Rockenhausers’ farmland. (Source: Belt Magazine)

“Belt Magazine” reports on a major gas processing plant being built adjacent to a young family’s three-generation farm, describing the impact on their farm.

In the US, infrastructure such as this central delivery point – including gas dehydration units, compressor stations and processing plants – is an essential part of the industry and comes together with the drilling pads, and all the associated pipeline networks between them.

Fracking behind Standardbred Birth Defects?

tdnfillerimageA number of foals born on the Sayre, Pennsylvania standardbred farm operated by Meadowlands owner Jeff Gural over the last three years have developed an affliction known as dysphagia, which prevents them from swallowing properly. And investigators are trying to figure out what is behind the problem and, in particular, whether it has anything to do with fracking.  http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/fracking-behind-standardbred-birth-defects/

Lessons from Pennsylvania

The attached report appeared in the Journal of Rural Studies, and is titled “A devil’s bargain: Rural environmental injustices and hydraulic fracturing on Pennsylvania’s farms”


“We show how farmers of small and midsized operations experience rural environmental injustices as they endure corporate bullying; face procedural inequities negotiating and enforcing lease terms; and increasingly contend with environmental risks associated with unconventional natural gas production.”