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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.

Dismissal is in contrast to a case in which a jury awarded $2.9 million to a family who also claimed to be sickened by fracking's emissions.
A Texas judge has dismissed a million dollar lawsuit filed by a Karnes County, Texas, family who...
08/15/2014 | Read More
Christie's national ambitions seen by critics as a factor in fracking greenlight.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's recent veto of a bill that would have banned the treatment,...
08/14/2014 | Read More
If two Texas couples win their cases, it could change the assumption that ordinary people can't stand up to the industry, legal expert says.
Two major oil companies have asked a Texas judge to dismiss a civil lawsuit that could draw new...
08/13/2014 | Read More
New paper finds that the crucial studies on the biological effects of shale production have not yet been done. 'The basic data is missing.'
A decade into America's oil and gas boom, and scientists still know very little about how hydraulic...
08/12/2014 | Read More
Political compromise delivers a sudden slap in the face for green groups behind two ballot initiatives, now derailed.
8/11/2014: The story has been updated with comment from the campaign director of Coloradans for...
08/08/2014 | Read More
Enbridge says it consulted with regulatory agencies and communities for a year and a half to select the best route, which faces intense public opposition.
Retired first grade teacher Beth Baker-Knuttila has so much she wants to tell the Minnesota Public...
08/06/2014 | Read More
Loss of confidence in important utility regulator adds pressure for accountability from overseers of pipelines, drilling operations and oil-by-rail.
The release last week of possibly improper emails between a utility and the California Public...
08/04/2014 | Read More
'We're not doing anything the regulators can't do themselves if they were so inclined,' says the founder of WellWiki.
When residents of America's fracking communities want to know if a particular oil or gas well in...
07/30/2014 | Read More
The ploy to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the 'anti-fracking industry' is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.
Last week an oil and gas industry public relations front group called Energy in Depth published a...
07/29/2014 | Read More
Sixty percent of Longmont, Colo. voters favored the ban in a 2012 ballot measure. Activists say they will appeal.
A Colorado court has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is...
07/25/2014 | Read More