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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.

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
New pipelines, power plants and export facilities would lock in carbon emissions for another generation and continue the dominance of fossil fuels.
As almost 200 countries try to work out an agreement in 2015 to slash carbon emissions, the U.S....
01/08/2015 | Read More
Series of studies under way to help clarify natural gas's overall impact on climate change.
The early years of the shale boom came with a widely held assumption that the vast quantities of...
01/07/2015 | Read More
Voters in California, Ohio and—for the first time—even a corner of oil-rich Texas, took a stand against fracking.
LAREDO, Texas—Burch Muldrow was absolutely fed up with Lewis Petroleum. The oil company was...
12/31/2014 | Read More
New science and media coverage highlight air pollution from fracking, long overshadowed by concerns over water contamination.
Fracking's impacts on air quality took the spotlight this year, fueled by new research and broad...
12/30/2014 | Read More