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The Latest On: Fracking

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.

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.

March 15, 2011 | Article

Ending The Secret About Chemicals In Our Drinking Water

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but secret gas drilling chemicals don’t belong in drinking water.

That’s exactly the kind of sentiment that makes it very inconvenient for Dick Cheney’s buddies at Halliburton who want to use secret chemicals to extract gas from the earth – a controversial method known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

You see, the pesky Safe Drinking Water Act kept getting in the way. So they asked for special treatment from Congress. And in 2005 they got it.

March 11, 2011 | Article

PA Gov. to Energy Exec: You’re the Boss of Everyone

Fresh off his state’s radioactive river scandal, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has once again landed in hot water (no pun intended) over a line in his proposed budget which hands the energy executive he appointed to head the state's economic development agency "supreme" decision-making power to fast-track gas drilling permits in the state.

March 10, 2011 | Article

O Give Me A Home, Where The Skies Are…Oh Never Mind

Which has a worse smog problem ? The car-choked sprawling megalopolis of Los Angeles? Or the wide open plains of Wyoming?

If you guessed LA, you’d be wrong. It’s actually Wyoming.

This depressing tidbit comes courtesy of the oil and gas industry, which is in the midst of a drilling boom that has left the air in Wyoming and other areas cloaked in smog and hazardous air pollutants.