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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.

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
One in six wells were fracked less than one mile below the surface, at the same depth of known water sources, according to a new study.
The nation's first survey of fracking well depths shows shallow fracking is more widespread than...
07/24/2015 | Read More
Four percent of the facilities surveyed accounted for 23 percent of the leaked natural gas, worth about $240 million.
About 80 billion cubic feet of the potent greenhouse gas methane escapes into the air each year...
07/23/2015 | Read More
Activist groups have launched a petition calling for a moratorium on fracking like New York's after a study shows how little is known about its dangers.
A new state-mandated report underscores how little is known about the risks associated with...
07/17/2015 | Read More
Environmental Defense Fund-backed studies of 30,000 Barnett Shale wells shows the EPA has vastly underestimated emissions.
The release of 11 research papers Tuesday marked another milestone in the Environmental Defense...
07/08/2015 | Read More