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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.

From tiny towns to superstates, the battle lines were redrawn in 2014, with pockets of dissension showing in the ranks.
This was the year the anti-fracking movement multiplied, diversified and suffered some growing...
12/24/2014 | Read More
After analyzing 24 scientific studies, the Natural Resources Defense Council finds plenty to worry about, from birth defects to deadly effects.
Emissions from oil-and-gas production pose a significant threat to human health, and immediate...
12/22/2014 | Read More
New standard would be 10 times current limits in a state whose economy is fueled by the fracking boom.
North Dakota regulators recently announced plans to bump up the state's allowable oil-and-gas...
12/19/2014 | Read More
The EPA's sluggishness in assessing chemicals has created opportunities for a consulting firm with ties to chemical and tobacco interests.
Michael Dourson left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 20 years ago to start a nonprofit...
12/19/2014 | Read More
The state’s chief toxicologist has overseen a weakening of standards unique in the nation, exposing citizens to higher levels of known carcinogens.
AUSTIN—In 2007, Texas regulators quietly relaxed the state's long-term air pollution guideline for...
12/18/2014 | Read More
For years Texas regulators shrugged off health complaints by residents of drilling-intensive areas. Now new research suggests proximity can pose risks.
DALLAS—Propped up on a hospital bed, Taylor Ishee listened as his mother shared a conviction that...
12/11/2014 | Read More
Pennsylvania’s Cartwright wants to know about safety measures in neighboring Ohio and West Virginia.
A Congressional investigation into the way states regulate the disposal of the often toxic waste...
12/10/2014 | Read More
Motivated by an abundance of gas, at least 120 petrochemical facilities are planned around the U.S.—equivalent in CO2 emissions to 28 coal plants.
WESTLAKE, La. — Stacey Ryan already knows where he'll be buried.  It will be in Perkins Cemetery,...
12/10/2014 | Read More
Seneca Lake area residents are alarmed over storing methane and LP gas in underground caverns, and are risking arrest in protests.
Nine people were arrested Thursday near Seneca Lake, N.Y., for blockading the entrances of an...
12/05/2014 | Read More
Prosperous Colorado county extends its ban until 2018, could face court challenges.
Boulder County, one of the first places in Colorado to take a stand against hydraulic fracturing,...
12/03/2014 | Read More