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Public outcry continues over Hard Rock's dumping in Youngstown

Health Affects documented:
According to the Endocrine Disruption Network, 25 percent of the chemicals used in fracking can cause cancer. Fifty percent can affect the immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems. In fact, the dangers posed by fracking wastewater are so potentially huge that a group of U.S. medical experts, meeting at a January 9 conference sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, called for a moratorium on the practice (GreenAmerica, 2012). Between 2005 and 2009, according to the
Committee on Energy and Commerce, 37% of chemicals in fracking fluids were identified as endocrine-disruptors. A report on chemicals used in the fracking process published by the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce (2011) indicated:
Some were extremely toxic, such as benzene and lead. The most widely used chemical in hydraulic fracturing during this time period, as measured by the number of compounds containing the chemical, was methanol. Methanol, which was used in 342 hydraulic fracturing products, is a hazardous air pollutant and is on the candidate list for potential regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Some of the other most widely used chemicals were isopropyl alcohol (used in 274 products), 2-butoxyethanol (used in 126 products), and ethylene glycol (used in 119 products). Between 2005 and 2009, the oil and gas service companies used hydraulic fracturing products containing 29 chemicals that are (1) known or possible human carcinogens, (2) regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act for their risks to human health, or (3) listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act. These 29 chemicals were components of more than 750 different products used in hydraulic fracturing (US HR Committee on Energy and Commerce, 2010, p. 3).

February 9, 2013 at 9:06 a.m. suggest removal

Public outcry continues over Hard Rock's dumping in Youngstown

Here are some documented evironmental impacts of shale drilling:
 After drilling, the shale formation is then stimulated by hydraulic fracturing, which may require up to 3 million gallons of water per treatment (Harper, 2008). Many regional and local water management agencies are concerned about where such large volumes of water will be obtained, and what the possible consequences might be for local water supplies (USGS, 2008) .Reported environmental impacts related to the fracking process are water pollution, drinking well contamination, earthquakes (Ambruster, 2012), uranium leakage (Bank, 2010), carcinogenic agents, noise and air pollution from truck traffic and explosions (Bishop, 2008).
Fracking a single well produces several millions of gallons of wastewater (Environmental Working Group, 2012). Methane leakage into drinking water is another issue. In December 2007, a Bainbridge, Ohio, home exploded after a natural gas company improperly drilled and fractured a nearby well. No one was injured, but releases of gas contaminated 23 water wells and forced evacuations of 19 homes (Myers, 2011).
In addition, chemical spills are another concern. For example, in 2009 Pennsylvania authorities fined Cabot Oil & Gas $56,650 for three spills of hydraulic fracturing fluid near the town of Dimock. Two of the spills polluted a wetland and caused a fish kill (Environmental Working Group, 2012). In a second example, the EPA (2011) reported that that contamination near the town of Pavillon, Wyoming, was linked to nearby gas wells. The EPA released data from test wells that confirmed high levels of carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and 2 Butoxyethanol (a chemical compound known to be used in fracking). The pollution from 33 abandoned oil and gas waste pits were indeed responsible for groundwater pollution in the area (EPA, 2011).

February 9, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. suggest removal

Mother and daughter take center stage

Looks like Carla Napoli may be named the Wicked ExGirlfriend since her recent charge of felonious assault on April 11, 2010. Napoli is accused of running her ex off the road while he was traveling west on Leffingwell road on his motorcycle. Simon (victim) was ejected from his motorcycle and hospitalized. Carla allegedly fled the scene. Carla will have her preliminary hearing on May 28, 2010 in Canfield Court. In 2006 Ms. Napoli was charged with two counts of assault on Ray Simon and one count of aggravated menacing when she tried to run Simon's girlfriend over on Saint Andrews drive in Canfield.

May 6, 2010 at 10:48 a.m. suggest removal

Night of Champions

Can anyone identify these two guys? The guy on the right is Tony a boxing promoter but I don't know his last name or the guy's name on the left.

December 12, 2007 at 12:42 p.m. suggest removal