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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.
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
Bob and Lisa Parr at their wedding in 2008, with Lisa's daughter, Emma.
Judge accepts jury verdict that awarded $2.9 million to family affected by air emissions from gas and oil wells near their Wise County home.
6/20/2014: This post has been updated to include a statement from Aruba. The judge presiding over a...
Jun 19, 2014 | Read More
If Judge Mark Greenberg decides in the Parr family's favor, the case could establish new legal standards for people fighting oil and gas industry.
A Texas judge will soon decide whether to accept a jury's $2.9 million award to a Wise County...
Jun 18, 2014 | Read More
Family's $2.9 million legal victory to be challenged. Aruba Petroleum says its emissions didn't harm family.
Between February 2010 and July 2011, Lisa and Bob Parr filed 13 complaints about air pollution from...
May 28, 2014 | Read More
The waste fluid from oil and gas drilling is often disposed of wherever it is convenient and out of sight, Texas watchdog group says.
Under the cover of early-morning darkness in South Texas last March, a tanker truck ferrying fluids...
May 19, 2014 | Read More
'We're not anti-drilling at all...It's just causing me a lot of medical issues, and I can't have it.'
KARNES COUNTY, Texas—After 23 years living on the South Texas prairie, Lynn and Shelby Buehring are...
May 16, 2014 | Read More
San Antonio loses 25% of its state-funded air quality grant after an employee makes some draft data on oil and gas drilling pollution public.
4/23/2014: An update has been added at the bottom of this story to include events at today’s AACOG...
Apr 23, 2014 | Read More
Flaring in the Eagle Ford Shale's Karnes County
State-funded study projects dramatic increase in emissions from oil and gas development by 2018.
What might the oil- and gas-rich Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas look like in 2018? A newly...
Apr 11, 2014 | Read More
Gas drilling facilities have sporadic emission spikes that spew toxins harmful to human health, but states rarely monitor these fleeting events.
People in natural gas drilling areas who complain about nauseating odors, nosebleeds and other...
Apr 3, 2014 | Read More