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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.

A1988 federal rule exempts oil waste from a 'hazardous' designation, allowing for lax disposal methods that could expose people to dangerous emissions.
NORDHEIM, Texas—School Superintendent Kevin Wilson tugged at his oversized belt buckle and gestured...
10/02/2014 | Read More
'A lot of people are worried about the water, and about the smell, and of course what's going up into the air.'
As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air...
10/02/2014 | Read More
Here's what we know about the potential health impacts of airborne chemicals released from fracking's vast waste pits.
As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air...
10/02/2014 | Read More
Environmental groups vow legal action after regulators approve an LNG export project without doing a rigorous environmental impact statement.
Environmental and community groups on Tuesday assailed federal approval of the Cove Point liquefied...
10/01/2014 | Read More
What we do with the world's 14 biggest reserves of carbon will help determine the pace and depth of climate change and the fate of future generations.
It took hundreds of millions of years for Earth's fossil fuel deposits to form, but mankind has...
09/25/2014 | Read More
Republican Fred Upton, incumbent with fossil industry ties, faces challenge from a climate action hawk.
If opponents of incumbent Congressman Fred Upton (R-Mich) have their way, a natural gas pipeline...
09/19/2014 | Read More
Judge denies Aruba's request for new trial in case involving Texas family suffering from noxious air emissions. Aruba says it will appeal.
The stage has been set for an appeal of a high profile verdict against a Texas oil and gas company...
09/16/2014 | Read More
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations, which means people have just two years from the time they notice a problem until they file a lawsuit.
Attorney Tomas Ramirez is confident he'll win an appeal in the case of a Karnes County, Texas...
09/09/2014 | Read More
Researchers determined general chemical footprint of one liter samples, but not relative concentrations, and call for further study.
A new study in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts offers one of the most...
09/05/2014 | Read More
Grassroots activists joined mainstream environmental organizations to help force the state to write tougher fracking rules; some aren't pleased about it.
Grassroots groups fighting hydraulic fracturing in Illinois have put aside their push for a...
09/04/2014 | Read More