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Fracking Pollution

The Scary Facts About Fracking

Margie Alt | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green
Margie Alt

Environment America researchers have compiled the top five fictions spread by the oil and gas industry and their allies, followed by the facts from our report, Fracking by the Numbers, and other sources, that refute them. The truth will scare you!

Regulators Pursue Record $4.5 Million Fine Over Fracking Waste Pit

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green

Pennsylvania environmental regulators are pursuing a record $4.5 million fine against a gas driller over what they describe as a major case of polluti...

Man Pleads Guilty After Dumping Fracking Wastewater Into River

AP | JULIE CARR SMYTH | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The former owner of a Youngstown-based wastewater company pleaded guilty Monday to federal Clean Water Act violations in the d...

Water Pollution From Drilling Confirmed In At Least Four States

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In at least four states that have nurtured the nation's energy boom, hundreds of complaints have been made about well-water contam...

'Fracking By The Numbers' Report Urges Frack Ban

The Huffington Post | James Gerken and Andrea Rael | Posted 10.11.2013 | Green

What impact has natural gas development had on the U.S.? "Fracking by the Numbers," a new report from advocacy group Environment America, seeks to...

Offshore Fracking Draws Calls For Increased Regulation

AP | JASON DEAREN and ALICIA CHANG | Posted 10.03.2013 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open...

EPA Drops Controversial Fracking Review

AP | MEAD GRUVER and BEN NEARY | Posted 08.21.2013 | Green

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is dropping its longstanding plan to have independent scientists...

Is Fracking Greener Than We Thought?

AP | By KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 08.29.2013 | San Francisco

PITTSBURGH -- The Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered its estimate of how much of a potent heat-trapping gas leaks during natural...

'You Can Only Put So Many Bloody Parking Lots In The Woods'

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green

PITTSBURGH — Hawks swoop in and gobble up songbirds. Raccoons feast on nests of eggs they never could have reached before. Salamanders and wildf...

Flawed Data Is Hindering EPA Efforts To Regulate Fracking Pollution, New Report Says

AP | By DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 04.24.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Limited data and unreliable estimates on air pollution from oil and natural gas production is hindering the Environmental Protecti...

Fracking, Health and Our Chemical History

Michael Green | Posted 04.16.2013 | Green
Michael Green

Though fracking companies keep their chemical use secret, a 2011 study identified more than 600 chemicals used in fracking. We urged New York Governor Cuomo to put profits ahead of our health and environment by maintaining the moratorium on fracking.

Natural Gas' Methane Leaks Damage Its Credibility

Swara Salih | Posted 03.25.2013 | Green
Swara Salih

Just as the natural gas industry must mitigate the poisonous effect hydrofracking has on our aquifers, it must also ensure accidental methane emissions are kept to a minimum. Only then could it serve to help steer our society away from coal and petroleum based energies.

Fracking Companies Seek Exemption From Democracy

Scott Edwards | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Scott Edwards

Each day brings new, irrefutable evidence that fracking is poisoning our communities. But the ban on fracking in Longmont, Colo. was nothing short of heroic given the massive amounts of money thrown about by the oil and gas industry leading up to the November vote.

Lynne Peeples

Fracking Pollution Sickens Families, Environmental Study Says | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.18.2012 | Green

The McIntyres of Butler County, Pa., no longer drink the water piped into their home. They no longer brush their teeth with it, shower or do laundry w...

Insurance Company Won't Cover Fracking Damage

AP | MARY ESCH | Posted 09.12.2012 | Green

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has become the first major insurance company to say it won't cover damage related to a gas drill...

New Fracking Study Makes Surprising Claim

AP | KEVIN BEGOS | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New research on Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania may only add fuel to the debate over whether the industry poses long-...

Safe Hydrofracking Is the New Jumbo Shrimp

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 08.04.2012 | Green
Sandra Steingraber

With an insistence on best practices, could drilling and fracking operations be made safe enough to be sited in densely populated communities -- or even sparsely populated communities -- without making the people who live there feel they are living in a war zone?

NPR Takes a Deeper Look Into Fracking Boom

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

We need to educate our fellow Americans about the risks associated with continued use of fossil fuels and support policies that will transition our nation to relying on cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

Wells Found Contaminated Near Fracking Blowout

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 08.24.2011 | Green

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Testing conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency revealed contamination in three private water wells located near an Ap...

State Allows Disposal Of 'Fracking' Pollution In Waterways

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The natural gas boom gripping parts of the U.S. has a nasty byproduct: wastewater so salty, and so polluted with metals like barium and strontium, tha...