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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.
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
Many of the pipelines to serve fracking are being built deep in the state's 16 million acres of forest. 'The scale of this thing is off the charts.'
Jerry Skinner stands in his garden, looking into the distance at the edge of a forested mountain....
Dec 10, 2013 | Read More

Pennsylvania, a state thick with untouched forest, has become ground zero for the nation's fracking boom. Of the 2.2 million acres of forestland the state oversees, about 700,000 acres have been...

Dec 10, 2013 | Read More
Demonstrators protest against the frac sand industry in Winona on April 29, 2013
Winona will be the first U.S. city to monitor pollution from trucks hauling frac sand en route to fracking operations.
A college town in southern Minnesota is taking action against the frac sand industry that's booming...
Nov 11, 2013 | Read More
A sand mining facility in Grantsburg, Wisc.
Number of Wisc. frac sand facilities increased from 7 in 2010 to 145 today, even though the health implications of the boom aren't yet fully understood.
Republican state legislators in Wisconsin want to make it easier for companies to mine the "frac...
Nov 5, 2013 | Read More
Groundbreaking initiative is forcing an investor rethink: What's the value of fossil fuel stocks if companies must leave reserves in the ground?
A well-heeled coalition of investors is asking top fossil fuel companies to calculate the risks of...
Oct 24, 2013 | Read More
Eagle Ford
In San Antonio, the steepest increase in ozone coincides with the boom in the Eagle Ford shale. The heaviest drilling there lies 50 miles from the city.
When ozone pollution skyrocketed in the tiny town of Boulder, Wyo., in 2008, it was relatively easy...
Oct 23, 2013 | Read More
Peter Davidson
Peter Davidson, a former investment banker, takes the helm. 'The truth is not at all what the popular perception is,' he says.
Peter Davidson walked nervously toward a U.S. Senate conference room in Washington, D.C. A lanky...
Oct 3, 2013 | Read More
Natural gas operation in Piceance Basin in Colorado
Thousands of miles of 'gathering lines' are now operating at high pressure to serve fracking operations, but regulators don't even know where they are.
Thousands of miles of pipelines are being built at natural gas drilling sites throughout the nation...
Sep 26, 2013 | Read More
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