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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil & Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

Feb 18, 2014

An eight-month investigation into the public health consequences of unmitigated oil and gas industry sprawl in Texas


 Members of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team from InsideClimate News, together with the Center for Public Integrity and The Weather Channel, reveal that as oil and gas booms in Texas, legislators and regulators are more intent on protecting the industry than residents who fear for their health from the air they breathe.


Fracking Boom Spews Toxic Air Emissions on Texas Residents

Eight-month investigation shows that the Texas State Legislature is more intent on protecting the industry than protecting residents' health.

Texas Officials Turn Blind Eye to Fracking Industry's Toxic Air Emissions

More than 2,400 air emissions permits have been issued in the Eagle Ford without safeguards to limit toxic chemicals breathed in by residents.

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Fracking Boom Spews Toxic Air Emissions on Texas Residents (The Condensed Version)

Texas Officials Turn Blind Eye to Fracking Industry's Toxic Air Emissions (The Condensed Version)




Air Emissions From Oil and Gas Development in the Eagle Ford

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Complaints Lodged Hint at Scope of Toxic Air Problem

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Drilling Permits Rise as The TCEQ's Budget Falls

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Description of the Oil Well Extraction Process

The Oil Well Extraction Process (A Glossary of Terms)


By Lance Rosenfield 


What's Behind Surging Ozone Pollution in Texas? Study to Weigh Role of Fracking in Health Hazard

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Activists protest against fracking outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office in New Yor

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Natural gas drilling on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming.