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Fracking Needs More Transparency

Why we need more transparency in fracking operations. California's Central Valley irrigated with produced water.

Hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is a controversial method used to extract natural gas and oil from shale rock formations. It is controversial because it can cause big environmental problems, including poisoning local water wells. A new report looks at companies that use fracking. The joint report by As You Sow and investment advisory firm Boston Common Asset Management reviewed the 30 biggest …

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The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas facilities. While this is …

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Climate One: Overselling the Fracking Boom

are we overselling the natural gas fracking boom?

In the Climate One video clip Trevor Houser, a partner in the Rhodium Group and climate negotiator at the 2009 COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen discusses a “middle road” for natural gas. Despite the good news that at the end of 2012 US carbon emissions were down 12 percent relative to 2005, there remains a long road to sustainable and sufficient emissions reductions to meet …

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Enviro News Wrap: Fossil Energy and Safety; Fracking and Earthquakes; China and Air Pollution, more…

The Latest Environmental News Headlines

GlobalWarmingisReal contributor Anders Hellum-Alexander wraps-up and comments on the climate and environmental news headlines for the past week: One of the problems with the dirty energy industry is how successful they’ve been in getting the government to insufficiently regulate for safety. Companies profit off of cutting corners and we pay the price when accidents happen. This is the world of oil spills. Environmental protestors …

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The New Front Lines of the Fight Against Fracking

The fight against fracking at a Manhattan protest

The front lines of the fight over hydraulic fracturing -or “fracking” – are being drawn at the lowest political levels. Fracking involves detonating explosions deep underground and then pumping large volumes of chemical laced water at high pressure into these wells. More than 1,000 chemicals have already been identified as those commonly used in the drilling process. According to a Scientific American Report, as …

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No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Debate

No Fracking Way: A debate on natural gas fracking

This Intelligence2 debate, in partnership with the Aspen Institute, discusses the recent boom in natural gas fracking. What role does natural gas play in an age of growing energy insecurity and climate disruption? Deborah Goldberg from Earthjustice and Katherine Hudson of Riverkeeper debate New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera, and Sue Tierney of the Analysis Group. The following video previews and full debate are …

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