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Natural Gas and Fracking

Natural Gas and FrackingHydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and undisclosed chemicals at high pressure into horizontal wells to crack open shale rock and release natural gas. Largely unregulated, the fast-spreading gas-extraction method is enjoying an unprecedented boom, but it could also be contaminating underground water supplies.
New standard would be 10 times current limits in a state whose economy is fueled by the fracking boom.
North Dakota regulators recently announced plans to bump up the state's allowable oil-and-gas...
Dec 19, 2014 | Read More
The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.
Michael Dourson left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 20 years ago to start a nonprofit...
Dec 19, 2014 | Read More
The state’s chief toxicologist has overseen a weakening of standards unique in the nation, exposing citizens to higher levels of known carcinogens.
AUSTIN—In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state's long-term air pollution guideline for...
Dec 18, 2014 | Read More
For years Texas regulators shrugged off health complaints by residents of drilling-intensive areas. Now new research suggests proximity can pose risks.
DALLAS—Propped up on a hospital bed, Taylor Ishee listened as his mother shared a conviction that...
Dec 11, 2014 | Read More
Pennsylvania’s Cartwright wants to know about safety measures in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia.
A Congressional investigation into the way states regulate the disposal of the often toxic waste...
Dec 10, 2014 | Read More
Motivated by an abundance of gas, at least 120 petrochemical facilities are planned around the U.S.—equivalent in CO2 emissions to 28 coal plants.
WESTLAKE, La. — Stacey Ryan already knows where he'll be buried.  It will be in Perkins...
Dec 10, 2014 | Read More
Seneca Lake area residents are alarmed over storing methane and LP gas in underground caverns, and are risking arrest in protests.
Nine people were arrested Thursday near Seneca Lake, N.Y., for blockading the entrances of an...
Dec 5, 2014 | Read More
Prosperous Colorado county extends its ban until 2018, could face court challenges.
Boulder County, one of the first places in Colorado to take a stand against hydraulic fracturing,...
Dec 3, 2014 | Read More
The fine was for a long list of violations, including emitting unsafe levels of toxic dust, and was issued a year after the initial violation.
Last week, Minnesota regulators quietly issued a major fine of $85,000 against frac sand operator...
Nov 26, 2014 | Read More
'The question that has to be resolved is where does the regulatory power rest?'
"Don't mess with Texas," says the advertising slogan that has grown into a defiant unofficial state...
Nov 23, 2014 | Read More