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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.
Fueling a CNG-powered Honda Civic in Los Angeles
Natural gas companies and other proponents are calling for a level playing field in terms of government subsidies for alternative vehicles
Electric vehicles are on a roll, with charging stations popping up in cities nationwide, federal...
Sep 1, 2011 | Read More
Silvertip Oil Spill
Three bills moving through Congress would significantly strengthen federal oversight for pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL
WASHINGTON—A series of headline-grabbing ruptures along the nation's 2.5 million-mile network of...
Aug 12, 2011 | Read More
flaring from a natural gas well
Opponents of the practice say it causes air pollution, boosts global warming and wastes natural resources
Flaring of natural gas from wells is on the upswing in Texas and North Dakota as oil and gas...
Jul 27, 2011 | Read More
Documents and interviews reveal that one Pa. water utility has already leased its watershed to gas drillers — and many others are being courted
Cynthia Walter, an ecologist at St. Vincent College outside Pittsburgh, gets a lot of emails from...
Jul 19, 2011 | Read More
BrightSource Energy’s Solar Energy Development Center in Israel’s Negev Desert.
A think tank says water-reliant energy technologies could be hampered by increasing drought in parts of the world — and production is faltering already
The development of new renewable energy technologies and other expanding sources of energy such as...
Jun 27, 2011 | Read More
Speaker Sheldon Silver
The NYS Assembly passed a one-year ban on new drilling permits that would run through June 1, 2012, replacing the current ban set to expire this summer
ALBANY, New York—The New York State Assembly on Monday passed a one-year moratorium on hydraulic...
Jun 7, 2011 | Read More
Rep. Henry Waxman
Rep. Waxman is seeking answers from the Kochs, after a SolveClimate News article first exposed the brothers' deep involvement in the oil sands industry
WASHINGTON—Rep. Henry Waxman's attempts to find out if a proposed controversial Canada-to-U.S. Gulf...
May 25, 2011 | Read More
While environmental groups say technology to clean up wastewater is important, it can't protect drinking water from toxic fracking fluids left underground
A new measure imposed by Pennsylvania regulators to stop natural gas drillers from disposing...
May 23, 2011 | Read More
a natural gas drilling rig surrounded by trucks
For some, fracking has meant royalty payments and employment. Still others have no land to lease and no jobs available, as they face higher living costs
Editor's Note: SolveClimate News reporter Elizabeth McGowan traveled to Northeastern...
May 20, 2011 | Read More
A natural gas drilling rig
'While we're drilling wells there are going to be a whole lot of trucks going past your house. And you're not going to like that,' says an industry insider
Editor's Note: SolveClimate News reporter Elizabeth McGowan traveled to Northeastern...
May 19, 2011 | Read More