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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.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
'It sets a floor for what the industry needs to do,' says one environmental lawyer.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued the first-ever national air pollution regulations for...
Apr 19, 2012 | Read More
Map of primary aquifers and Marcellus Shale extent in NY
Amid skepticism from engineers and environmentalists, landowners and drilling company bet on LPG fracking, which uses propane instead of water.
A plan to extract shale gas and oil from 135,000 acres in Tioga County, N.Y., could break through...
Apr 16, 2012 | Read More
The Inglewood Oil Field in Los Angeles, Calf.
300,000 people live within a three-mile radius of the test wells, fracked to reach oil once considered too expensive to extract.
Earlier this year, the oil company Plains Exploration and Production (PXP) blasted water and...
Apr 12, 2012 | Read More
The infrared camera image taken by Greenpeace on Tuesday.
The sizeable leak from a plugged well raises fresh concerns about accidents and methane's role in global warming.
The French energy company Total estimates that its North Sea Elgin field gas well is leaking about...
Apr 5, 2012 | Read More
Total's Elgin offshore platform in the North Sea, 150 miles off the coast of Abe
The options on the table include drilling a relief well, which could take six months. The leak is one of the North Sea's biggest in decades.
France's Total is laying plans including a helicopter water drop, fire-fighting vessels and...
Mar 30, 2012 | Read More
Natural gas drilling on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming.
Authors of new study encourage more low-dose testing of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, with implications for the debate on natural gas drilling.
The higher the dose, the more dangerous the toxin—that principle is the basis for most regulatory...
Mar 21, 2012 | Read More
Natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale of Pennsylvania
Some U.S. manufacturers, utilities and consumer advocates worry exporting gas will drive up electricity prices and deepen reliance on coal.
Energy companies are honing plans to export natural gas faster than President Obama can call the...
Feb 21, 2012 | Read More
Natural gas drilling rig in Colorado.
The gas industry wants to protect its trade secrets, but watchdogs want full disclosure of chemicals that can cause blindness, organ failure and cancer.
New regulations drafted by the federal Bureau of Land Management would increase pressure on energy...
Feb 15, 2012 | Read More
A drilling rig stands over a natural gas well in Colorado
Research suggests that emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2, far exceed current estimates for gas drilling and production.
Weeks after Barack Obama promoted natural gas as a key part of U.S. energy policy in his State of...
Feb 9, 2012 | Read More
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union, Jan. 24, 2012.
The president used his State of the Union address to set three energy goals. The challenge, though, will be navigating a bitterly divided Congress.
WASHINGTON—President Obama talked for one hour, four minutes and 15 seconds Tuesday night when he...
Jan 26, 2012 | Read More