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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.

That's the verdict from some activists and scientists, but state regulators and industry figures see a different picture.
On Dec. 30, 2014, California regulators released new state rules for hydraulic fracturing, or...
01/13/2015 | Read More
New pipelines, power plants and export facilities would lock in carbon emissions for another generation and continue the dominance of fossil fuels.
As almost 200 countries try to work out an agreement in 2015 to slash carbon emissions, the U.S....
01/08/2015 | Read More
Series of studies under way to help clarify natural gas's overall impact on climate change.
The early years of the shale boom came with a widely held assumption that the vast quantities of...
01/07/2015 | Read More
Voters in California, Ohio and—for the first time—even a corner of oil-rich Texas, took a stand against fracking.
LAREDO, Texas—Burch Muldrow was absolutely fed up with Lewis Petroleum. The oil company was...
12/31/2014 | Read More
New science and media coverage highlight air pollution from fracking, long overshadowed by concerns over water contamination.
Fracking's impacts on air quality took the spotlight this year, fueled by new research and broad...
12/30/2014 | Read More
From tiny towns to superstates, the battle lines were redrawn in 2014, with pockets of dissension showing in the ranks.
This was the year the anti-fracking movement multiplied, diversified and suffered some growing...
12/24/2014 | Read More
After analyzing 24 scientific studies, the Natural Resources Defense Council finds plenty to worry about, from birth defects to deadly effects.
Emissions from oil-and-gas production pose a significant threat to human health, and immediate...
12/22/2014 | Read More
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...
12/19/2014 | 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...
12/19/2014 | 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...
12/18/2014 | Read More

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