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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.
Developing oil and gas wells, like the 7,000 in the Eagle Ford Shale, releases various air pollutants, some of which are shown in this simplified diagram.
Air pollutants are released at every stage of oil and gas extraction. This diagram shows some of...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
'Help us residents of South Texas before we all die,' one Texas resident pleaded to the state environmental regulator.
The top environmental regulator in Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ),...
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The Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is one of the biggest oil and gas fracking booms in America, though few people know about it.

Also unknown is that local residents are fearing for their health...

Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
Eight-month investigation reveals that the Texas State Legislature is more intent on protecting the industry than protecting residents' health.
KARNES CITY, Texas—When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she touches her...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
More than 2,400 air emissions permits have been issued in the Eagle Ford without safeguards to limit toxic chemicals breathed in by residents.
KARNES CITY, Texas—In January 2011, with air quality worsening in Texas' booming oil and gas fields...
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Drilling for natural gas on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming
In dozens of water-scarce counties where fracking is booming, water use is at or approaching more than a billion gallons a year.
Some of the nation's driest, drought-plagued places have quickly become its busiest hot spots of...
Feb 5, 2014 | Read More
Many of the pipelines to serve fracking are being built deep in the state's 16 million acres of forest. 'The scale of this thing is off the charts.'
Jerry Skinner stands in his garden, looking into the distance at the edge of a forested mountain....
Dec 10, 2013 | Read More

Pennsylvania, a state thick with untouched forest, has become ground zero for the nation's fracking boom. Of the 2.2 million acres of forestland the state oversees, about 700,000 acres have been...

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Demonstrators protest against the frac sand industry in Winona on April 29, 2013
Winona will be the first U.S. city to monitor pollution from trucks hauling frac sand en route to fracking operations.
A college town in southern Minnesota is taking action against the frac sand industry that's booming...
Nov 11, 2013 | Read More
A sand mining facility in Grantsburg, Wisc.
Number of Wisc. frac sand facilities increased from 7 in 2010 to 145 today, even though the health implications of the boom aren't yet fully understood.
Republican state legislators in Wisconsin want to make it easier for companies to mine the "frac...
Nov 5, 2013 | Read More