Fracking Gone Wrong: Finding a Better Way

Finding A Better Way

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.

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A Citizen's Tip Guide: Find your way to protect things from fracking.
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Fracking Across the United States

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"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.

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Fracking Industry Secrecy

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.

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Barray.

Fracking Damage Cases
and Industry Secrecy

One way the oil and gas industry keeps its secrets is by requiring people who settle damage lawsuits to sign non-disclosure agreements.

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Kids Speak Up On Fracking

A group of 5th graders share what they learned from a class project on groundwater and fracking.

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Related Litigation

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.

Case Details  |  Feature Story

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.

Case Details  |  Feature Story  |  Photo Essay

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Photo Essay: Going to Extremes in the Golden State

As the sun sets on another California day, a flare burns in an oil field in Shafter, CA.  (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)

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.

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Debate: Intelligence Squared U.S.

Intelligence Squared U.S. logo.

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".

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Take Action

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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!

Video: Finding Their Way

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".

Featured Stories

From the California coast to Maryland ports, Earthjustice is fighting to protect communities and special places from fracking. Listen to an interview with Deborah Goldberg, managing attorney of the Northeast regional office.
California, here it comes—a surge of extreme energy methods like fracking that potentially threaten the Golden State's water, air and health.
An upstate New York town is fighting to preserve its way of life in a lawsuit pitting a small town's rights against an out-of-state oil and gas company’s wishes.
Citizens vote by boat against gas storage in Seneca Lake, NY. Controversial gas storage projects in the area have been the subject of local concern and nationwide attention.
It's easy to understand why leaders and citizens in Cooperstown, NY, rose up to protect their town against fracking—and towns across America are following suit.
The oil and gas industry’s pattern of secrecy makes it difficult for researchers to study health and environmental impacts. One way that the gas industry keeps its secrets is by requiring people who settle damage lawsuits to sign non-disclosure agreements. These agreements have proven to be the norm, as this chart demonstrates.
Along with the unprecedented oil and gas drilling rush, have come troubling reports of poisoned drinking water, polluted air, mysterious animal deaths, industrial disasters and explosions. We call them "Fraccidents." Explore an interactive map to learn about fraccidents across the country, and find state-by-state resources for getting involved in your local fight against fracking.
In this episode, Earthjustice content producer Jessica Knoblauch speaks with Deborah Goldberg, the managing attorney at Earthjustice’s Northeast office. For almost four years, Goldberg has been working on cases involving fracking, a controversial form of extreme gas drilling that can contaminate the air and water.
Jim and Jen Slotterback had only 11 days to save their favorite park from gas drilling—and they succeeded. Watch "Finding Their Way," a six-minute film about the Slotterbacks' journey, and find out how you can also protect the areas you love from fracking.
Things always find a way to happen … A pen leaking. Your shoelace coming untied. Toxic chemicals in your drinking water. What?! Watch this video to find out—and learn how the more oil and gas companies frack, the more trouble is finding ways to happen.
The United States is experiencing an industrial gas rush. Industrial gas development in the Rocky Mountains region, in the Northeast’s Marcellus Shale deposit, and in other parts of the country is skyrocketing. Learn about industrial gas drilling, "fracking", and Earthjustice's work to protect communities across the country.
The gas industry spends a lot of money trying to trick policy makers into thinking that it’s part of the clean energy family. C’mon. Who do they think they’re fooling? Most gas companies are joined at the hip with their ugly twin—oil companies. Here are five easy ways you can tell.
The public safety of New Yorkers is at stake as fracking threatens drinking water supplies for millions. Explore FAQs and blog posts about gas drilling in New York State, and learn how you can help safeguard your water supply.
Deborah Goldberg, Managing Attorney at Earthjustice's Northeast Office and a nationally recognized expert on the environmental impacts of natural gas development, discusses Earthjustice's campaign to clean up and regulate the natural gas industry.
For generations, visitors have flocked to the Endless Mountains in Northeast Pennsylvania to enjoy the region's river gateways, rolling hills, family farms and historic districts. But the Central New York Oil and Gas Company wants to install an industrial gas pipeline that would replace wooded mountains and pastoral landscapes with 39 miles of pipeline, additional miles of industrial machinery.