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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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The open land and big sky of North Dakota

North Dakota’s Measure 5: Conservation in the Oil Boom

Update: On Tuesday November 4 North Dakota voters rejected Measure 5 with a resounding 79.4 percent voting against the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment. Oil prices on Tuesday slumped to a three-year low, slashing profits of energy companies operating in the Bakken.  North Dakota’s oil patch Locals call it the “oil patch.” With the magic of advanced hydrofracking technology and…

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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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Fugitive methane emissions could wipe out any climate benefits of burning natural gas instead of coal

EDF, Chevron Agree Natural Gas Fracking Here to Stay, Part Ways on Fugitive Methane Emissions and Short-Term Impacts of Shale Boom

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) sat down with Chevron’s Vice President of Policy and Planning Rhonda Zygocki on Monday at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco to discuss, among other things, the recent boom in natural gas hydrofracking (or simply “fracking”). Natural gas as “magic bullet” Zygocki spoke of a “fundamental shift in the energy landscape” over…

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Many living near natural gas drilling operations report significant health problems from the fracking fluids used. Industry says such reports are anecdotal at best, environmental groups say their studies are sound. Only third-party, unbiased research can get to the truth.

Health Problems Persist Among Residents Exposed to Fracking Pollutants

The boon on America’s natural gas has been touted by both political parties during the recent election cycle, pointing to increased production and lower costs.  As is often the case, where money can be made and political points won, the facts can become a secondary concern.  This is certainly the case with hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” as it is infamously…

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Video Friday: No Worries, Keep Driving – Post Carbon Institute on Fossil Fools and Fracking

A dose of energy reality from the Post Carbon Institute This video from the Post Carbon Institute discusses the reality of our current energy economy and why leaders from both parties have bought into the recent hype that reliance on natural gas fracking and unconventional sources of oil – “tight” oil and tar sands – can stabilize our economy without…

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Fracking operations like this pose a hazard to human and ecosystem health

Whats the Fracking Problem?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has been associated with water contamination, global warming-causing air pollution, health problems, falling property values and even earthquakes. Each year fracking pumps billions of gallons of water and chemicals deep underground under high pressure to force open cracks and release natural gas. Natural Gas Fracking Problems Exposed According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the chemicals used in fracking fluids…

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