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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.

Athens approves fracking ban in landslide; ‘we won’t quit’ is the mantra in Youngstown.
The college town of Athens, Ohio voted by 78 percent to outlaw fracking and related activities on...
11/05/2014 | Read More
Richard Berman promised Western Energy Alliance members 'total anonymity' in an 'offensive' campaign to discredit environmental groups.
The public got a rare glimpse into the covert and hardball strategies used by some oil and gas...
11/04/2014 | Read More
The spot proposed for the 40-foot-by-40-foot monitor would have spoiled the view of a courthouse and is being relocated.
The installation of the first air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale region of south...
11/04/2014 | Read More
Outspent by industry 20-1 in some places, activists hope for victories in California, Ohio and Texas.
Eight towns and counties across the country are taking their health and environmental concerns...
10/31/2014 | Read More
Peer-reviewed results show 'potentially dangerous compounds and chemical mixtures' that can make people feel ill and raise cancer risk.
Dirk DeTurck had a years-old rash that wouldn't go away, his wife's hair came out in chunks and any...
10/30/2014 | Read More
In the swing-state race largely seen as a microcosm for the nation, the issue of fracking's environmental impacts is largely a no-show.
Fracking has become a prominent issue in this year's Pennsylvania gubernatorial election,...
10/30/2014 | Read More
The move follows a report by ICN and the Center for Public Integrity that documented how and why toxic oil and gas waste is virtually unregulated.
This story was updated on Oct. 30 at 2:15 AM EST to include comment from the environmental group...
10/29/2014 | Read More
Raw data showing high concentrations of certain polllutants at gas operations and health risks of 25 chemicals were left out of the state's studies.
Pennsylvania regulators used flawed methodology to conclude that air pollution from natural gas...
10/23/2014 | Read More
'My brother in law told [the pipeline survey team] to leave and they did. He had a shotgun with him so they left quickly.'
People living along the proposed route of a natural gas pipeline through Michigan have been...
10/20/2014 | Read More
Just-released state data is just the starting point for understanding the risks posed to the region's air by the growing silica sand industry.
Trucks hauling mounds of sand into the southern Minnesota town of Winona for delivery to drilling...
10/16/2014 | Read More