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April 8, 2011 | Feature

Wyoming and Fracking

In 2013, Wyoming produced more than two million cubic feet of natural gas. But this energy boom has come with significant costs to air and water quality.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

West Virginia and Fracking

West Virginia sits above the Marcellus Shale, a gas deposit that the oil and gas industry has been heavily targeting in recent years.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Texas and Fracking

Texas is the leading producer of crude oil in the United States. Since 2005, more than 12,000 wells have been fracked in the Fort Worth area alone.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Pennsylvania and Fracking

The Marcellus Shale that runs beneath most of Pennsylvania has been a key target for the oil and gas industry; it currently accounts for nearly 40 percent of U.S. shale gas production.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

New Jersey and Fracking

There are currently no fracking operations in New Jersey, but the northwest portion of the state sits above a small gas reserve.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Maryland and Fracking

In Maryland, the debate about whether to frack has been raging for several years. Western Maryland sits atop part of the Marcellus Shale deposit.

April 8, 2011 | Feature

Louisiana and Fracking

More than 2,200 fracking wells have been drilled in Louisiana’s 11,000-feet-deep Haynesville Shale, posing significant contamination risk to surrounding populations.

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.