New Study: Shows bees are the latest victims of fracking



As if bees aren’t already in enough trouble, scientists have determined that diesel exhaust can confuse bees when they are foraging.

Bees’ foraging for flowers ‘hampered by diesel exhaust’
By Victoria Gill
Science reporter, BBC News

The study, published in Scientific Reports, also revealed that a specific group of chemicals found in diesel exhaust, known as NOx, diminished the insects’ response to floral scents.

Drilling, fracking and oil and gas production are tremendous on-road and off-road sources of NOx. The past few weeks, people in Mansfield have complained endlessly about diesel emissions and other horrible odors from an EagleRidge (yes, THAT EagleRidge) operation in their neighborhood.

First the diesel bulldozers and backhoes come to clear the land.

Many diesel truck trips later, the diesel rig is set up.

Fracking takes hundreds of diesel truck trips and diesel engines.

Next comes the flaring and then there is the endless stream of oil and gas service trucks.

Tougher target
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
Published: 07 September 2013 11:33 PM
…The council of governments recently completed an emissions study of Barnett Shale truck trips in an effort to understand that impact on the region’s air quality.

The study likely underestimates emissions and needs additional data for future calculations, according to Lori Clark, air quality planner at the council of governments. For example, it includes a core assumption that well service trucks haul produced water from an oil or gas well to the nearest injection well, which isn’t always true.

However, the study did find that 78 percent of the emissions from that new truck traffic comes from the trucks idling, Clark said.

Without bees we have no food. I like food. I don’t like fracking.

About Sharon Wilson

Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.


  1. Jana says

    Several of my friends are now bee keepers and are going to teach both me and Darrin how to do it once we move. I am excited to learn, but a little apprehensive, but I will get over that. I can not wait to learn a new skill and help save our bees in a frack free environment. I’m sure my GMO free garden and new little helpers will love each other, you might say, I’m a little buzzed about it!

  2. Anymous says

    I have experience with sick & dead bees near my home in Booger County which is close to a gas plant treating sour gas. The removed acid gas is vented to the air–which includes H2S and large amounts of CO2. I have measured atmospheric oxygen(O2) content with a meter and have found many times where alarm conditions exist because of low oxygen caused largely by the CO2 vented to the air from a short stack. There are about a dozen of these gas plants in our county.

  3. luc says

    2 incredible reports about fracking.

    – Fracking produces annual toxic waste water enough to flood Washington DC

    Fracking in America generated 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water last year – enough to flood all of Washington DC beneath a 22ft deep toxic lagoon, a new report out on Thursday found.

    About 260bn US gallons of the 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water were from Texas, a state that has undergone three years of severe drought and where there is fierce competition for water between the oil industry and farmers and ranchers.

    – Dangerous levels of radioactivity found at fracking waste site in Pennsylvania

    Elevated levels of chloride and bromide, combined with strontium, radium, oxygen, and hydrogen isotopic compositions, are present in the Marcellus shale wastewaters, the study found.