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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.

Investors warned that keeping global warming at 2 degrees means gas companies could shelve big plans for LNG in U.S., Canada and Australia.
An estimated $283 billion in potential liquefied natural gas projects could be dropped or deferred...
07/07/2015 | Read More
State Supreme Court's to decision to allow Sandra Ladra to sue energy companies over quakes could encourage others to step forward with liability cases.
Nearly four years after Prague, Okla., became the unlikely epicenter of three earthquakes of at...
07/02/2015 | Read More
Republicans in Congress threaten the Clean Power Plan with two bills, but are unlikely to derail it with legislation.
Congressional Republicans launched attacks on two fronts this week against President Barack Obama's...
06/25/2015 | Read More
One of the largest analyses of water quality of aquifers near fracking sites examined samples from 550 wells across the Barnett Shale near Dallas.
Drinking water wells in Texas counties that are home to intensive hydraulic fracturing operations...
06/19/2015 | Read More
New work adds to scientific consensus that the earthquake surge in Texas and Oklahoma stem from wastewater injection wells.
The surge in earthquakes shaking Oklahoma, Texas and other parts of the nation's mid-section are...
06/19/2015 | Read More
Federal agency aims to save the 500,000 to 1 million birds that die in the industry's vats of oily residue each year.
In parched Jim Wells County, Texas, the glistening pits brimming with oil and gas waste appear to...
06/15/2015 | Read More
Three weeks after well explosion, families are still waiting and worrying as Canadian oil company Encana decontaminates their homes in Karnes County.
Several families remain displaced three weeks after an oil well exploded in Karnes County, Texas,...
06/09/2015 | Read More
The acknowledgment of instances of fracking-related water contamination marks a notable reversal for the Obama administration.
After years of asserting that hydraulic fracturing has never tainted drinking water, the Obama...
06/05/2015 | Read More
After their local ban is overturned by a Texas law, anti-fracking residents are angry. 'What will the next thing be that will be taken from us?'
Two weeks after Denton's fracking ban was rendered illegal by a sweeping new state law restricting...
06/05/2015 | Read More
Gov. Hogan quietly lets the 30-day window to veto the moratorium measure expire. The bill becomes law Oct. 1.
Maryland's fracking moratorium survived its last possible political challenge today. Gov. Larry...
05/29/2015 | Read More