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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.
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
The possibility that Texas would adopt oil and gas rules for methane control and leak detection and repair 'is at least thinkable now.'
Colorado's tough, new air pollution rules for the oil and gas industry were approved only a month...
Mar 20, 2014 | Read More
Field of propane tanks.
Supply troubles foreshadow the kinds of ramifications Americans could face if natural gas exports get accelerated or the oil export ban is lifted.
As the nation charges toward energy independence, many Americans learned an important lesson this...
Mar 10, 2014 | Read More
Producers are supposed to strip out volatile gases before transporting oil. But experts say some may have been 'cheating' and leaving in large amounts.
As federal regulators continue investigating why tank cars on three trains carrying North Dakota...
Mar 5, 2014 | Read More
Eight-month investigation reveals that the Texas State Legislature is more intent on protecting the industry than protecting residents' health.
KARNES CITY, Texas—When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor's office in San Antonio she makes sure her...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
More than 2,400 air emissions permits have been issued in the Eagle Ford without safeguards to limit toxic chemicals breathed in by residents.
KARNES CITY, Texas—In January 2011, with air quality worsening in Texas' booming oil and gas fields...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie is an eight-month...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
A rundown of what we did to get this story and how people tried to thwart us.
Inside the making of Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More
Developing oil and gas wells, like the 7,000 in the Eagle Ford Shale, releases various air pollutants, some of which are shown in this simplified diagram.
Air pollutants are released at every stage of oil and gas extraction. This diagram shows some of...
Feb 18, 2014 | Read More