"Diesel Is Used in Fracking Without Permits, Report Says"

"Energy companies have used thousands of gallons of diesel to frack for oil and gas without obtaining the necessary permits required under federal law, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project.

The watchdog group's review of industry and federal data from 2010 to 2014, released Wednesday, found 351 wells in 12 states that used diesel in fracking.

Also known as hydraulic fracturing, the process involves high-pressure injection of millions of gallons of water mixed with sand and chemicals to crack geological formations and tap oil and gas reserves.

Because diesel contains carcinogens and neurotoxins, its use in fracking is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and requires that companies meet a set of guidelines."

Neela Banerjee reports for the Los Angeles Times August 13, 2014.


"There’s Still a Lot We Don’t Know About Fracking Chemicals" (Newsweek)

"Report Faults EPA for Failing To Regulate Fracking With Diesel" (StateImpact Pennsylvania)

Source: LA Times, 08/14/2014