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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.
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...
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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie is an eight-month...
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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...
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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...
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'Help us residents of South Texas before we all die,' one Texas resident pleaded to the state environmental regulator.
The top environmental regulator in Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ),...
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The Eagle Ford Shale in Texas is one of the biggest oil and gas fracking booms in America, though few people know about it.

Also unknown is that local residents are fearing for their health...

Feb 18, 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 touches 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
Drilling for natural gas on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming
In dozens of water-scarce counties where fracking is booming, water use is at or approaching more than a billion gallons a year.
Some of the nation's driest, drought-plagued places have quickly become its busiest hot spots of...
Feb 5, 2014 | Read More