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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.

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
Two scientists from Columbia University launch a $40,000 pilot testing project in Pennsylvania they hope will lead to full-scale research.
Frank Varano knows what's coming. His land near Williamsport, Pa., abuts property that has been...
03/31/2015 | Read More
The EPA has been unable to collect the data it needs from the multibillion dollar oil and gas sector, which has stymied a five-year federal study.
Can fracking pollute drinking water? The Environmental Protection Agency embarked in 2010 on what...
03/02/2015 | Read More
Fracking now occurs in 22 U.S. states, and could soon begin in five more.
As debate intensifies over oil and gas drilling, most states with frackable reserves are already...
01/20/2015 | Read More
It may be a while before Karnes County and its neighbors know whether they're breathing dangerous air.
The first air monitor in the heart of the fracking-intensive Eagle Ford Shale region of south Texas...
01/16/2015 | Read More
Cautious approach to regulating oil and gas industry disappoints environmentalists, who regard the plan as a 'toe in the water.'
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on January 14 rolled out its long-awaited plan to control the...
01/14/2015 | Read More
That's the verdict from some activists and scientists, but state regulators and industry figures see a different picture.
On Dec. 30, 2014, California regulators released new state rules for hydraulic fracturing, or...
01/13/2015 | Read More