Fracking (aka, hydraulic fracturing or industrial gas drilling) is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas and a shortsighted energy strategy. It's poisoning our air and water and on its way to jeopardizing the health of millions more Americans.
We can find a better way—one that protects our health and gives us clean, safe energy sources that never run out.
"Fraccidents"—troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions—have occurred across the country, part of the country's fracking-enabled oil and gas drilling rush. Explore the fraccidents and learn how you can get involved in your local fight, from California to New York, Pennsylvania to Colorado.
Those most impacted by fracking are forced by oil and gas companies to sacrifice their right to speak out in order to escape from harm.
One way the oil and gas industry keeps its secrets is by requiring people who settle damage lawsuits to sign non-disclosure agreements.
A group of 5th graders share what they learned from a class project on groundwater and fracking.
Fracking Court Fight in Dryden, NY
Earthjustice is representing the Town of Dryden in a case that will determine whether localities can keep heavy industry like oil and gas development off the land within their borders.
Challenging Unregulated Fracking in California
Earthjustice is representing Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks, Environmental Working Group and Sierra Club in a lawsuit charging that the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources has failed to consider or evaluate the risks of fracking, as required by the California Environmental Quality Act.
In California, there is no regulation of fracking, even as the state faces sudden growth in oil drilling. And those on the frontlines of that energy rush are troubled.
Earthjustice Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg joined Kate Hudson of Riverkeeper to debate New York Times Op-Ed columnist Joe Nocera and former Department of Energy Assistant Secretary Susan Tierney in a nationally broadcasted event presented by Intelligence Squared U.S., in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Deborah and Kate debated in favor of the motion: "No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good".
Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented gas drilling rush—brought on by a controversial technology called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."
Here's what you can do to help protect our air and water:
Drillers Need To Clean Up Their Act:
[ U.S. Residents Only ] Thanks to exemptions from our bedrock environmental laws, oil and gas drilling operations don't have to follow the same rules as everyone else. Three bills introduced in Congress would change this.
New York Isn't Ready For Fracking:
[ U.S. Residents Only ] If New York takes a tough stance on fracking, it will send a strong message that the tides are turning against dirty energy. Join the movement today!
Jen Slotterback was hiking in her favorite park when she found signs of surveying for gas drilling, or fracking. Although she and her husband had never been actively involved in the issue of gas drilling, they immediately began a campaign to save the park. The story of the Slotterbacks' journey is the subject of this film.
• Explore The Citizen's Tip Guide to learn how you can protect the areas you love from the dangers of fracking.
• Multimedia Producer Chris Jordan-Bloch writes about the making of Finding Their Way in "Fighting Fracking: A Love Story".