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The Latest On: Oil and Gas Drilling

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Colorado and Fracking

Colorado sits on top of the Niobrara Shale—a rich source of natural gas that has been a hot target for fracking operations.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

California and Fracking

Oil and gas production is big business in California, contributing to nine percent of its GDP, and the state’s politics are heavily influenced by this industry.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Arkansas and Fracking

The majority of Arkansas’ fracking occurs in the Fayetteville shale, a rural region that has been transformed into a busy industrial zone with its fracking boom. From 2005–2012, close to 5,000 wells were fracked.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

New York and Fracking

Parts of New York State sit upon the Marcellus Shale, a gas deposit the oil and gas industry has been heavily targeting in recent years. In December 2014, New York became the first state with significant shale gas potential to announce that it would ban fracking.

January 26, 2011 | Case

Preventing Pipelines On Private Property

Landowners could have been forced to let gas gathering pipelines run across their property, without any environmental review, but Earthjustice helped a landowner fight back, and the pipeline company ultimately gave up its unprecedented attempt to acquire the power to seize private land.

January 18, 2011 | Case

Challenging A Pennsylvania Pipeline

Earthjustice challenged a fast-tracked pipeline project in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, which killed more than 200,000 mature trees and tore up 600 acres of forest on private landowners’ properties.

June 3, 2010 | Case

Challenging Offshore Oil Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico

The federal government is illegally doling out deepwater drilling permits to big oil companies without requiring them to submit plans that detail how they would respond to a major spill. Earthjustice is fighting this negligent practice in federal court.

May 25, 2010 | Video

You Can't Rewind an Oil Spill

You can't rewind an oil spill, but you can pause the next one. In the Arctic Ocean, where temperatures fall well below zero, ocean swells can reach 20 feet and huge ice flows prevent travel to most areas, it's inconceivable to expect clean up of an oil spill to go smoothly.

This video was created in partnership with Alaska Wilderness League, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, World Wildlife Federation, National Wildife Federation, The Wilderness Society, and National Audubon Society.

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