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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.

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
EPA's non-responsiveness in the Texas air pollution story is troubling because it keeps taxpayers in the dark about a critical issue.
Update: On Aug. 11, 2014, Ron Curry, EPA regional administrator in Dallas, did an on-the-record...
07/24/2014 | Read More
Instead of waiting years for studies, Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project is using best available science to help people with ailments.
This report is part of a joint project by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity....
07/22/2014 | Read More
The clout and swagger of the oil companies in politics has unsettled this traditionally amicable and moderate state of just 725,000 people.
This report is part of a joint project by the Center for Public Integrity and InsideClimate News....
07/21/2014 | Read More
The salty drilling waste is said to contain heavy metals in concentrations that might not meet drinking water standards, as well as radioactive material.
 In early July, a million gallons of salty drilling waste spilled from a pipeline onto a steep...
07/16/2014 | Read More
Workshops will teach residents of the booming Eagle Ford Shale how to report emissions and suspected water contamination.
Virginia Palacios wants to empower the people of south Texas. She and her organization, the Austin...
07/16/2014 | Read More