What is fracking?

Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is a well-stimulation process that involves pumping liquids down a well to fracture subsurface rock and release natural gas below. The hydraulically pressurized liquid is typically comprised of sand, water and chemicals.

The Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (outlined in black) on a geological map of Canada.

Canada’s Fracking Earthquakes Move Legislatures to Act

British Columbia and Alberta are seeing a boom in earthquakes. And it's enough to pressure both governments to call for further investigation.
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North Dakota’s Economic Whiplash is Not Sustainable

As oil prices plunge and fossil fuel giants shed workers, places like North Dakota are left with a case of economic whiplash that…
Well pads along Little Missouri River in Billings, North Dakota.

Infographic: The True Cost of Fracking

To make up your mind for yourself, run your eyes over this new infographic, which outlines the statistics both ‘for’ and ‘against’ the…
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New Earthquake Report = More Hurt for U.S. Fracking Industry

A new report totes up the potential earthquake risk from fracking and other oil and gas operations in Oklahoma, Texas and other states.
Workers clearing the way for the proposed Constitution Pipeline spray-paint American flags to mark which trees will be felled on the Holleran maple farm in Pennsylvania.

Coming to an Embattled Community Near You: Gas Companies With Chainsaws?

Academy-award nominated filmmaker Josh Fox was arrested on Thursday while serving pancakes at an anti-pipeline protest. In this op/ed, he shares why he's…
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Oklahoma Earthquakes Continue To Haunt the Oil and Gas Industry

Oklahoma regulators are trying to catch up with swarms of earthquakes linked to oil and gas wastewater disposal. But the quakes are popping…
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Yet Another Study Links Fracking And Water Contamination

Dog bites man: Yet another report nails fracking as the source of contamination in drinking-water resources.
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The Economics Behind Falling Oil Prices

If oil is still in high demand, why are prices tumbling so drastically?
A gas leak sickening residents in Los Angeles county may not be repaired until February or March.

3p Weekend: When Botched CSR Turns Deadly

In each of these events, which hit the headlines over the past two years alone, the shirking of government and corporate responsibility went…
This leaking well pad in California's San Fernando Valley is sickening residents of the Porter Ranch community in Los Angeles County. Some reports predict the whole town will have to evacuate.

Fossils Gone Wild: Underground Hazards Link California and Oklahoma

A pattern of willful ignorance links the California methane leak, swarms of earthquakes in Oklahoma and water contamination in Michigan.
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Fracked Gas Won’t Achieve Paris Climate Goals, But Empowering Communities Could

The United States is undergoing a massive energy transition that isn't receiving enough attention, and it could render the Paris climate agreement meaningless.…
Cows graze in the shadow of a drilling rig in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.

New Fracking Report Reveals Network of Deceit: Big Green Radicals Bite Back

A new report from the so-called "Big Green Radical" organization Greenpeace reveals the fracking industry's influence on academic studies.
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Fracking Chemicals Can Cause Endocrine Disruption and Illness, Says Study

Scientists have been debating the environmental impacts of fracking for years. But now there's a new study that confirms that exposure to fracking…
When it comes to water and fracturing, it’s all about location and time.

The Clean Power Plan: What’s Water Got To Do With It?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan has been heralded as a major step toward a low-carbon economy in the United…
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Make That Three Black Eyes for Natural Gas Fracking

A new fracking study from Stanford University casts more doubt on the use of natural gas as a "cleaner" fuel for vehicle fleets.