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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 Gina McCarthy
Technology to capture and store carbon seen as indispensable for coal to compete with cleaner natural gas in a low-carbon era.
WASHINGTON—Two days before Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency...
Sep 23, 2013 | Read More
Natural gas production in Colorado's Piceane Basin.
Methane leaks from ‘well completions’ were significantly lower than EPA's numbers, but equipment leaks were much higher than expected.
A long-awaited study led by the University of Texas at Austin shows that methane emissions from...
Sep 16, 2013 | Read More
Drilling for natural gas on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming
Thousands are receiving far less money than they were promised by energy companies to drill their properties. Some are being paid virtually nothing.
Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no...
Aug 19, 2013 | Read More
Conventional wisdom says switching to natural gas is why CO2 fell last year, but a recent analysis found a different explanation.
Aggressive energy efficiency efforts by households, companies and motorists led to the decline in...
Jul 30, 2013 | Read More
Protester holds a sign at an anti-fracking rally.
Environmentalists see EPA's move as part of a systematic disengagement from any research that could be perceived as questioning the safety of drilling.
When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar...
Jul 23, 2013 | Read More
Ernie Moniz
The effort spearheaded by the natural gas industry to repeal a clean energy law is creating a split between climate activists and efficiency advocates.
For the third time in a year, the fossil fuel industry and its allies in Congress are trying to...
Jul 11, 2013 | Read More
Tabitha Tripp of SAFE
Grassroots activists say they feel 'betrayed' by mainstream environmental organizations that helped write the state's new fracking regulations.
Mainstream environmental groups in Illinois celebrated last month after state lawmakers approved a...
Jun 17, 2013 | Read More
Workers installing solar panels on a roof near Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
‘No need for any type of fossil fuel,' says lead author of new report. Wind, water and sunlight could supply all New York state's power.
By 2050, New York State could run entirely on energy produced from wind, water and sunlight. That...
Mar 21, 2013 | Read More
Mining operations of Consol Energy
Shareholder activists are concerned that fossil fuels could become unburnable because of climate laws—and they want firms to divulge the financial risks.
Two advocacy groups have come up with a new tactic to show how climate change—and laws to deal with...
Mar 7, 2013 | Read More
Gina McCarthy
In past speeches, the expected nominee for EPA administrator has pushed for tough climate policies and reached out to help industry prepare.
President Obama's expected choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Gina McCarthy, who...
Feb 27, 2013 | Read More