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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.

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
The fine was for a long list of violations, including emitting unsafe levels of toxic dust, and was issued a year after the initial violation.
Last week, Minnesota regulators quietly issued a major fine of $85,000 against frac sand operator...
11/26/2014 | Read More
'The question that has to be resolved is where does the regulatory power rest?'
"Don't mess with Texas," says the advertising slogan that has grown into a defiant unofficial state...
11/23/2014 | Read More
In 2013, industry produced 8 billion gallons of oil in California and 130 billion gallons of wastewater, according to the report.
Unlined open-air wastewater pits brimming with the toxic leftovers of fracking and other types of...
11/20/2014 | Read More
'I think in many ways the battle is about to get a lot worse,' says one environmental leader.
The fight against hydraulic fracturing in Illinois will go on even after a panel of lawmakers...
11/12/2014 | Read More
Trade group head says 'there are many responsible operators' in Wisconsin, the epicenter of the booming national frac sand industry.
Over 40 percent of frac sand producers in Wisconsin have broken state environmental rules in recent...
11/12/2014 | Read More
Deck in Congress is stacked in favor of fossil fuels, throwing Obama’s climate agenda in doubt during his lame-duck years.
Additional reporting for this story was done by ICN reporters Katherine Bagley, Elizabeth Douglass...
11/05/2014 | Read More