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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.

In 2013, industry produced 8 billion gallons of oil in California and 130 billion gallons of wastewater, according to the report.
Unlined open-air wastewater pits brimming with the toxic leftovers of fracking and other types of...
11/20/2014 | Read More
'I think in many ways the battle is about to get a lot worse,' says one environmental leader.
The fight against hydraulic fracturing in Illinois will go on even after a panel of lawmakers...
11/12/2014 | Read More
Trade group head says 'there are many responsible operators' in Wisconsin, the epicenter of the booming national frac sand industry.
Over 40 percent of frac sand producers in Wisconsin have broken state environmental rules in recent...
11/12/2014 | Read More
Deck in Congress is stacked in favor of fossil fuels, throwing Obama’s climate agenda in doubt during his lame-duck years.
Additional reporting for this story was done by ICN reporters Katherine Bagley, Elizabeth Douglass...
11/05/2014 | Read More
Athens approves fracking ban in landslide; ‘we won’t quit’ is the mantra in Youngstown.
The college town of Athens, Ohio voted by 78 percent to outlaw fracking and related activities on...
11/05/2014 | Read More
Richard Berman promised Western Energy Alliance members 'total anonymity' in an 'offensive' campaign to discredit environmental groups.
The public got a rare glimpse into the covert and hardball strategies used by some oil and gas...
11/04/2014 | Read More
The spot proposed for the 40-foot-by-40-foot monitor would have spoiled the view of a courthouse and is being relocated.
The installation of the first air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale region of south...
11/04/2014 | Read More
Outspent by industry 20-1 in some places, activists hope for victories in California, Ohio and Texas.
Eight towns and counties across the country are taking their health and environmental concerns...
10/31/2014 | Read More
Peer-reviewed results show 'potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures' that can make people feel ill and raise cancer risk.
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks and any...
10/30/2014 | Read More
In the swing-state race largely seen as a microcosm for the nation, the issue of fracking's environmental impacts is largely a no-show.
Fracking has become a prominent issue in this year's Pennsylvania gubernatorial election,...
10/30/2014 | Read More

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