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  • South Africa Fracking Arid Karoo

    South Africa lifted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing last week and shale gas exploration will soon begin in the arid Karoo region. Worries about the water supply in the Karoo were voiced by several groups, prompting Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu to promise that any threat to water in South Africa result in a shutdown of fracking. More

  • Fracking Puts Colorado’s Organic Farmers Under Siege

    When Alison and Jason Gannett moved into their North Fork Valley home in Colorado, their plan was to produce all of their food in their very own organic garden, but a year later that dream is in jeopardy as natural gas companies are looking to drill near their land. More

  • Czech Republic Considers Moratorium on Fracking

    The Czech Republic is considering a moratorium on fracking. The moratorium would last two years and would give the Czech environmental ministry time to determine what regulations should be in place for gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing. More

  • EPA Delays Fracking Pollution Rules Until 2015

    The EPA announced this morning they would delay rules on capturing air pollution at gas wells where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is going on. This follows several decisions by the EPA not to charge drilling companies with polluting groundwater near the wells. More

  • Is Fracking Killing Livestock?

    Researchers have found indications that hydraulic fracturing fluid is killing livestock and causing loss of fertility and miscarriages. More

  • Waste water injection well caused 12 earthquakes in Ohio

    It seems a day can’t go by without reading some new controversy regarding racking, or hydraulic fracturing as it is technically known. The EPA, already investigating claims of ground water contamination as a result of fracking, can now add to their list another side effect of fracking; earthquakes. More

  • Will the Texas Drought put the Kibbosh on Fracking?

    We’ve talked here before about how hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” threatens clean drinking water, but fracking also requires quite a bit of water to execute. In drought-stricken Texas, local water districts are starting to restrict natural gas companies’ fracking operations because of the strain it puts on the water supply. More

  • Why Natural Gas Drilling Threatens Our Clean Water Future

    Natural gas gets a lot of press as being a clean energy solution, and in some ways that’s true. Natural gas vehicles, for example, emit far fewer emissions than traditional fossil fuel cars. The trouble with natural gas isn’t so much related to usage but to how we get that gas out of the ground in the first place. More

  • Fracking Chemicals & Transparency: Is FracFocus the Real Deal?

    Yep, I saw Gasland… so, like many of us, I’m pretty concerned about the growing use of hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) to extract natural gas, and the health and environmental effects potentially caused by this technology. So I was encouraged when I saw a headline at Environmental Leader stating “24 Companies Agree to Publish Fracking […] More

  • Natural Gas Exploration Threatens Clean Water

    Natural gas gets a lot of buzz these days as a clean alternative to oil. Unfortunately, while it may be a clean-burning fuel, a popular new extraction method is causing horrible water pollution in areas near drill sites. Residents in areas near fracking sites have been able to set their tap water on fire. The […] More

  • 1 in 4 Exxon Shareholders Vote to Know Gas Drilling Risk

    As potentially the largest natural gas company in the US, with an imminent $41 billion merger with XTO Energy, Exxon Mobil’s cavalier attitude to fracking risk is a concern to some of its shareholder groups. At the annual shareholders meeting on May 26th, endorsed by RiskMetrics Group and Proxy Governance, San Francisco-based As You Sow […] More

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    EPA Finds 2-butoyethanol Solvent in Wells Near Natural Gas Extraction Sites

    U.S. government scientists found chemical contaminants in Pavillion, Wyoming drinking wells that were located near natural gas drilling sites- the first time this kind of finding has been recorded. The contaminants included 2-butoyethanol and are known to cause diseases including cancer, kidney failure, anemia and fertility problems. “The preponderance of … compounds in the area […] More