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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.

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
Billionaire’s grant to Sierra Club continues support for Beyond Coal campaign and attracts another $30 million in matching gifts.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is donating $30 million to bolster the Sierra Club’s 13-year-old...
04/08/2015 | Read More
The investigative series "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil + Bad Air on the Texas Prairie,"...
04/03/2015 | Read More
Seventy-two pages of oil-and-gas regulations went into effect when the moratorium was lifted, but regulations on air pollution weren't included.
North Carolina is the latest state to green-light hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within its...
04/03/2015 | Read More
The agency's assessment of fracking fluid disclosure is part of its broader study on fracking and water—and spotlights the project's limitations.
Oil and gas companies refuse to disclose 10 percent of the hundreds of chemicals they use during...
03/31/2015 | Read More