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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.
Workshops will teach residents of the booming Eagle Ford Shale how to report emissions and suspected water contamination.
Virginia Palacios wants to empower the people of south Texas. She and her organization, the Austin...
Jul 16, 2014 | Read More
Hauling company that dumped toxic drilling waste over eight miles of road and never told authorities faces formal enforcement action.
A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread...
Jul 9, 2014 | Read More
Baseline tests offer a template for other fracking communities worried about how drilling might contaminate groundwater supplies.
As the shale gas boom was making its way into Ohio in 2012, University of Cincinnati scientist Amy...
Jul 8, 2014 | Read More
13 slides that give a rare glimpse (and explanation) of a complex industrial process that's changing America's energy landscape and people's lives.
Along with 17 other journalists, I spent much of last week at the Shale Country Institute hosted by...
Jul 2, 2014 | Read More

Over the past decade, advances in technology have allowed the oil and gas industry to extract tightly-bound natural gas from shale formations deep underground. The resulting drilling boom has...

Jul 2, 2014 | Read More

Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche is the law when it comes to the illegal dumping of drilling waste in Jim Wells County, Texas. Until last year, he commonly saw 100 trucks or more a day hauling oil...

Jul 1, 2014 | Read More
'If I can make this a better place for people to live, then I have done my job.'
ALICE, Texas—Deputy Sheriff Hector Zertuche parked his pickup across the road from a gas and oil...
Jul 1, 2014 | Read More
ET Rover Pipeline Company has set a date of June 2017 to have the natural gas pipeline, which will cross Ohio and Michigan, running.
The wild grass is only now beginning to hide the scar left by the giant ditch digger that gouged a...
Jun 27, 2014 | Read More
A fledgling frac sand company plans to build the state's first silica mine under a sprawling 960-acre site in the state's largest forest, Black Hills.
Oil and gas drillers are salivating over silica sand, a key ingredient in fracking operations, and...
Jun 26, 2014 | Read More
Carl Weimer speaking at the Pipeline Safety Trust's 2012 annual conference.
'We’re really the only national group that focuses on pipeline safety. So how does Bambi stay alive in that environment?'
Fifteen years ago this month, gasoline from a burst pipeline spilled into a Bellingham, Wash. creek...
Jun 24, 2014 | Read More