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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.
If two Texas couples win their cases, it could change the assumption that ordinary people can't stand up to the industry, legal expert says.
Two major oil companies have asked a Texas judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that could draw new...
Aug 13, 2014 | Read More
New paper finds that the crucial studies on the biological effects of shale production have not yet been done. 'The basic data is missing.'
A decade into America's oil and gas boom, and scientists still know very little about how hydraulic...
Aug 12, 2014 | Read More
Political compromise delivers a sudden slap in the face for green groups behind two ballot initiatives, now derailed.
8/11/2014: The story has been updated with comment from the campaign director of Coloradans for...
Aug 8, 2014 | Read More
Enbridge says it consulted with regulatory agencies and communities for a year and a half to select the best route, which faces intense public opposition.
Retired first grade teacher Beth Baker-Knuttila has so much she wants to tell the Minnesota Public...
Aug 6, 2014 | Read More
Loss of confidence in important utility regulator adds pressure for accountability from overseers of pipelines, drilling operations and oil-by-rail.
The release last week of possibly improper emails between a utility and the California Public...
Aug 4, 2014 | Read More
'We're not doing anything the regulators can't do themselves if they were so inclined,' says the founder of WellWiki.
When residents of America's fracking communities want to know if a particular oil or gas well in...
Jul 30, 2014 | Read More
The ploy to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the 'anti-fracking industry' is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.
Last week an oil and gas industry public relations front group called Energy in Depth published a...
Jul 29, 2014 | Read More
Sixty percent of Longmont, Colo. voters favored the ban in a 2012 ballot measure. Activists say they will appeal.
A Colorado court has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic...
Jul 25, 2014 | Read More
EPA's non-responsiveness in the Texas air pollution story is troubling because it keeps taxpayers in the dark about a critical issue.
Update: On Aug. 11, 2014, Ron Curry, EPA regional administrator in Dallas, did an on-the-record...
Jul 24, 2014 | Read More
Instead of waiting years for studies, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is using best available science to help people with ailments.
This report is part of a joint project by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public...
Jul 22, 2014 | Read More