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Natural Gas and Fracking

Hydraulic 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.

Environmental group claims industry gets millions in a hidden subsidy for releasing greenhouse gases, but drilling company disputes findings.
The royalty-free flaring of natural gas from wells on public and tribal lands amounts to a hidden...
10/05/2015 | Read More
More than 400 organizations have joined together, calling for the president to marry his statements about protecting the climate with policy.
A coalition of more than 400 groups have signed a letter to President Obama they will send on...
09/14/2015 | Read More
A study shows natural gas leaks spewing methane from more than 1,000 places in the borough, mostly from aging pipes.
Methane is spewing from more than 1,000 natural gas leaks under Manhattan, giving it 10 times the...
09/11/2015 | Read More
Residents have rallied to oppose the Trans-Pecos pipeline, which will transport Eagle Ford shale gas across one of Texas' last remaining pristine areas.
It was a late afternoon in July when James Spriggs, a West Texas rancher, was driving home and got...
09/09/2015 | Read More
A coalition of groups have banded together to push the EPA to regulate wastewater disposal from oil and gas drilling.
A number of leading environmental organizations filed a legal notice with the Environmental...
08/26/2015 | Read More
Environmental groups, like one nonprofit in Massachusetts, are publishing maps of methane emissions to coax utilities into plugging gas leaks.
Mapping something you can't see seems like a quixotic pursuit, but that is exactly what some groups...
08/25/2015 | Read More
Voluntary measures will not push the oil and gas industry to reduce emissions by 40-45 percent, critics contend.
This story was updated on Aug. 18 at 12:40 pm. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's first-...
08/18/2015 | Read More
While most fracking-related earthquakes in the U.S. are pegged to wastewater injection, Canadian scientists believe fracking itself is to blame in Alberta.
Fox Creek, an oil town of nearly 3,000 residents in western Alberta, recently experienced its third...
08/06/2015 | Read More
Since 2003, a commonly used methane detector has been underestimating leak rates that feed into the national greenhouse gas registry.
A dispute between two environmental scientists is creating a controversy over how much methane is...
08/04/2015 | Read More
The fracking investigation "Big Oil + Bad Air" and the feature story "Meltdown" are honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Two InsideClimate News projects were honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, with the...
08/03/2015 | Read More