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July 25, 2012 | Audio

Intelligence Squared Debate on Fracking

Managing Attorney Deborah Goldberg joined Katherine Hudson of Riverkeeper to debate New York Times Op-Ed columnist Joe Nocera and former Department of Energy Asst. Sec. Susan Tierney in a nationally broadcasted event presented by Intelligence Squared U.S., in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Festival. Deborah and Katherine debated in favor of the motion, "No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Boom is Doing More Harm Than Good."

June 29, 2012 | Feature

Michigan and Fracking

Michigan is home to about 12,000 wells. The advent of horizontal fracking in recent years allows drilling companies to access deposits up to 10,000 feet deep, and requires significantly more water than vertical well drilling, up to 20 million gallons or more.

June 29, 2012 | Feature

Oklahoma and Fracking

Oklahoma rests on top of the Caney and Woodford Shale areas. From 2005 to 2012, studies estimated that Oklahoma used 10 billion gallons of freshwater in fracking operations. Earthquakes have also become more prevalent in the region since fracking operations began.

June 29, 2012 | Feature

North Dakota and Fracking

In 2014, North Dakota was the second largest oil producing state in the U.S. But this boom has not lasted.

June 29, 2012 | Feature

North Carolina and Fracking

In 2014, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed a law lifting the state’s ban on fracking and making it legal for the Mining and Energy Commission to issue fracking permits as early as spring 2015.

April 23, 2012 | In the News: Los Angeles Times

New EPA rules target pollution at fracking sites

In response to court-ordered deadlines achieved by an Earthjustice lawsuit, the EPA released the first-ever set of rules to curtail air pollution products of the fracking process.

According to Earthjustice attorney Robin Cooley, most of the air pollution from fracking escapes between the time the well is fracked and the time it’s connected to a pipeline. These new rules will require drillers to capture or limit methane, carcinogens and smog-forming organic compounds.