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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.

Just-released state data is just the starting point for understanding the risks posed to the region's air by the growing silica sand industry.
Trucks hauling mounds of sand into the southern Minnesota town of Winona for delivery to drilling...
10/16/2014 | Read More
To try to distance itself from U.S. fracking policies, the German government has proposed a ban on fracking for shale gas, but not fracking for tight gas.
BERLIN—In Germany debate is raging over whether to allow fracking, and America's example is serving...
10/14/2014 | Read More
Strong, savvy opponents turned back a pipeline. Now they turn to help their neighbors do the same.
People in Michigan's Oakland County were ready this time. When a Texas-based company announced...
10/14/2014 | Read More
A first of a kind study from West Virginia will help Americans inside the fracking boom understand the dangers of exposure to VOCs.
When Mary Rahall discovered that oil and gas waste was being stored in open-air ponds less than a...
10/10/2014 | Read More
Investigation by ICN and the Center for Public Integrity helped spur Karnes County commissioners to think seriously about fracking's toxic air emissions.
Backed by results of a recent air-quality study, mounting pressure from local officials, news...
10/07/2014 | Read More
Big Oil + Bad Air is an 18-month investigation by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public...
10/06/2014 | Read More
Key event was in 1988, when the EPA decided to classify most oil and gas waste as 'non hazardous,' even though it contains dangerous chemicals.
In the small town of Nordheim, Texas, residents are trying to stop a commercial oil and gas waste...
10/06/2014 | Read More
A1988 federal rule exempts oil waste from a 'hazardous' designation, allowing for lax disposal methods that could expose people to dangerous emissions.
NORDHEIM, Texas—School Superintendent Kevin Wilson tugged at his oversized belt buckle and gestured...
10/02/2014 | Read More
'A lot of people are worried about the water, and about the smell, and of course what's going up into the air.'
As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air...
10/02/2014 | Read More
Here's what we know about the potential health impacts of airborne chemicals released from fracking's vast waste pits.
As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air...
10/02/2014 | Read More