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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.

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
Blowout in an oil and gas well owned by Encana Corp. in Karnes County prompts evacuations and heightens frustrations.
Jeanne Shepherd was on her way to a church gathering when an oil and gas well in Karnes County,...
05/21/2015 | Read More
New study finds fracking releases cancer-causing chemicals into the air many times higher than the EPA considers safe.
Emissions generated by fracking operations may be exposing people to some toxic pollutants at...
05/20/2015 | Read More
The massive study finds that health, safety and environmental uncertainties regarding fracking's dangers have 'grown worse over time.'
New York issued its long-awaited environmental assessment of fracking Wednesday detailing a wide...
05/15/2015 | Read More
Fracking study that concluded drinking water not affected by methane gets an unusual correction following a report by InsideClimate News.
An influential science journal has issued a correction to a paper on fracking and water safety,...
05/07/2015 | Read More
Researchers find there may be drastically more methane in the air than is being reported to industry and government.
A popular scientific instrument used to measure methane leaks from oil and gas operations severely...
05/05/2015 | Read More
The bill, passed with veto-proof majorities in both chambers, will head to Gov. Hogan. His position on it is unknown.
Update: The Maryland house passed the two-year moratorium bill on Friday, Apr. 10, by a vote of 102...
04/10/2015 | Read More