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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.
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
Natural gas production in Colorado's Piceane Basin.
Methane leaks from ‘well completions’ were significantly lower than EPA's numbers, but equipment leaks were much higher than expected.
A long-awaited study led by the University of Texas at Austin shows that methane emissions from...
Sep 16, 2013 | Read More
Drilling for natural gas on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming
Thousands are receiving far less money than they were promised by energy companies to drill their properties. Some are being paid virtually nothing.
Don Feusner ran dairy cattle on his 370-acre slice of northern Pennsylvania until he could no...
Aug 19, 2013 | Read More
Conventional wisdom says switching to natural gas is why CO2 fell last year, but a recent analysis found a different explanation.
Aggressive energy efficiency efforts by households, companies and motorists led to the decline in...
Jul 30, 2013 | Read More
Protester holds a sign at an anti-fracking rally.
Environmentalists see EPA's move as part of a systematic disengagement from any research that could be perceived as questioning the safety of drilling.
When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its multimillion-dollar...
Jul 23, 2013 | Read More
Ernie Moniz
The effort spearheaded by the natural gas industry to repeal a clean energy law is creating a split between climate activists and efficiency advocates.
For the third time in a year, the fossil fuel industry and its allies in Congress are trying to...
Jul 11, 2013 | Read More