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Fracking Across the United States

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented oil and gas drilling rush—brought on by a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Along with this fracking-enabled rush have come troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions. We call them Fraccidents.

The Fraccident icon. symbols represent some of the fraccidents related to the oil and gas drilling rush, overlayed on areas of potential fracking and active/proposed fracking.

Shale basin and plays geographic data were retrieved from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and were current as of May 9, 2011. Information on fraccidents were compiled from the source(s) cited with each fraccident. (View Larger Map)

Do you know about a Fraccident in your community that isn't on our map? Send an email to with a link describing the event, and we will investigate.

What's Happening In Your State?

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Support A Strong Rule Controlling Methane Pollution

For too long, the oil and gas industry has been allowed to leak millions of tons of methane and other toxic chemicals into the air—despite the availability of proven, low-cost solutions. The EPA has finally proposed the first-ever protections to curb methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Earthjustice has been fighting for decades to clean up the oil and gas industry. In 2012, our litigation led the EPA to create and enforce some air pollution limits on the industry. This is the next step in the fight. EPA is taking your comments until Dec. 4