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The risks of "produced" water from oil and gas drilling leave many investors worried

Investors Ask the Oil and Gas Industry To Disclose Water Risks

The enormous amount of freshwater used fracking operations have led a group of concerned investors to launch the Water Fueling Disclosure project.

EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

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…

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are we overselling the natural gas fracking boom?

Climate One: Overselling the 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…

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The Latest Environmental News Headlines

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

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…

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The fight against fracking at a Manhattan protest

The New Front Lines of the Fight Against Fracking

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…

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No Fracking Way: A debate on natural gas fracking

No Fracking Way: The Natural Gas Debate

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…

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Natural Gas is not the "clean" fossil fuel many say it is, but more the "energy bridge to nowhere"

Natural Gas is Not Clean Energy

Natural gas has garnered a lot of attention, but the research reveals it is anything but clean. To increase domestic energy production and reduce reliance on coal, there is a natural gas boom in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, reliance on natural gas is not a panacea to our energy woes. Natural Gas is Not a Clean Energy Source According to a February 2012 study published in Nature, extracting and producing natural…

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