Deep Shale Oil & Gas

Also see OVEC’s Pipeline page

‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

Industrial Strength: How the U.S. Government Hid Fracking’s Risks to Drinking Water

Fossil Fumes: A public health analysis of toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry

Special Report: Renew WV: Fracking? Pipelines? Or Solar?

Special Report: Citizen’s Guide to Fracking Permits in West Virginia

Special Report: In Everyone’s Backyard: Assessing Proximity of Fracking to Communities At-Risk in West Virginia’s Marcellus Shale

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on the Human Rights Impacts

Methane Pollution from the Oil & Gas Industry

Marcellus Shale

Map: Marcellus Shale in WV
Interactive Mapping Application

Who Is That Man in Khaki?
Another Fracking Danger: Left-of-Center Escort Vehicles

PA DEP Not Protecting Environment (Nor People Who Live in It)

Rogersville Shale

Map: Rogersville Shale

Rogersville Shale: Next for West Virginia?
Rogersville Shale Info Sheet

USGS Report on Rome Trough

Landfills and Fracking Waste

Hot Mess: How Radioactive Fracking Waste Wound Up Near Homes And Schools

Hot #Fracking Mess: Bill Hughes’ Presentation on Shale Waste Disposal

Fracking Waste: What Is It & What Do We Do About It

Radioactive Drill Cuttings and WV Landfills
Fracking Waste Study Says States Aren’t Doing Enough to Protect Public

WV Landfill Chair: State Too Eager For Shale Waste

Concerns Over Radioactive Waste Going Into WV Landfills

Underground Injection of Waste

Deep Injection Wells: How Drilling Waste Is Disposed Underground

Video: Frack Waste Injection Well Site – Concerned Residents in the Fayette Plateau

Injection Wells and Frack Waste
Living on Earth: “Arsenic and Frackwater Waste”

Bomb Trains / Bakken Shale

Exploding Bakken Crude: People Evacuated. Crude in River?

How Much Crude Lost from the WV Oil Train Explosion?

Fact Sheets and Handouts

Hydraulic Fracturing and Your Health
Shale Gas – NOT the Economical “Transition Fuel”

Chemicals Used by Hydraulic Fracturing Companies in PA 

Monitor Your Well or Spring
Scientific American: Risks to Drinking Water

Air Quality Concerns

Places That Have Banned Fracking or
Have Passed Resolutions Against Fracking
This list is not complete, it grows often!

France  Scotland  Germany Bulgaria Wales
The State of Maryland – Maryland Third State to Ban Fracking
The State of New York
Alameda Becomes 5th County in California to Ban Fracking
And numerous towns in more than two dozen states, including West Virginia!

Other Groups Working on Shale Issues

Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition

West Virginia Host Farms

WV Surface Owners’ Rights Organization

WV Highlands Conservancy

Doddridge County Watershed Association

Wetzel County Action Group 

Citizens Allied for Integrity and Accountability Inc. 

Beyond Extreme Energy

FrackCheck WV

Frack Free Foothills

Athens County Fracking Action Network


Freshwater Accountability Project

Wild Virginia

FracTracker Alliance

Allegheny Defense Project

WVSC Marcellus Shale Campaign

 … and there are many more!

Movies and YouTubes

Gasland and Gasland II  

Josh Fox: The Sky is Pink

Gaswork: The Fight for CJ’s Law

Triple Divide

Meet Myra Bonhage Hale

Meet Tina Del Prete

Fracking explained: opportunity or danger

The Fracking Song

Ponzi Gas Frackers

Selected News Coverage and Reports

USGS Study Finds Large Increase in Fracking Water Use

Duke University study: Methane contamination of drinking water

Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health and Climate

ProPublica on Marcellus Shale

Energy Policy Forum

Food and Water Watch Activist Tools

The Right to Know, the Responsibility to Protect: State Actions Are Inadequate to Ensure Effective Disclosure of the Chemicals Used in Natural Gas Fracking

Is Your Health at Risk? See Interactive Map

Oil & Gas Threat Interactive Map for West Virginia

New Map, Analysis Chart Health Risks from Oil and Gas Pollution

This is Not Your Grandparents’ Oil & Gas Industry

Not your grandfather's wellActivities related to the “development” of deep shale oil and gas, often termed “fracking,” are wreaking havoc globally. In West Virginia, troubles in areas “developed” for Marcellus Shale include intense traffic problems including accidents and ruined roads; air, water and noise pollution and associated health problems from large-truck traffic, drilling and radioactive waste “disposal;” as well as the end of a rural way of life. Proposed large-scale pipelines that would move the extracted oil and gas threaten communities and some of our wildest lands. The Rogersville Shale could be the next shale — much deeper than the Marcellus — “developed” in our region. Use these pages to learn more about deep shale issues in WV and get involved with OVEC.

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typical-marcellus-shale-op-splashOVEC’s Board of Directors’ Tour of WV Fracking Fields. Interviews featuring OVEC’s Executive Director Janet Keating and part-staff staff member Bill Hughes.

Frack Waste Injection Well Site in Fayette County, WV, a short film by Keely Kernan. The film is part of a series about resource extraction throughout West Virginia called “In the Hills and Hollows” and is sponsored by the Civil Society Institute and OVEC.

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