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.

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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.
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Make That Two Black Eyes For Natural Gas Fracking

A new study of hospitalizations and fracking activity in Pennsylvania shoots holes in the "clean fuel" image of compressed natural gas.
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New Fracking Studies Sum Up Pope Francis on Climate Change

Three new fracking studies underscore how natural gas fracking violates Pope Francis's new encyclical on climate change and environmental stewardship.
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EPA Study: Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

The EPA’s five-year project analyzed the impact of hydraulic fracturing on the water supply for human consumption. The study was mostly a compilation…
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NRDC Analysis Finds Data Gaps in Fracking Reports

The Natural Resources Defense Council and FracTracker Alliance launched an investigation of the publicly provided information on oil and gas company violations. What…
The polarized debate over fracking is in need of a pragmatic third option.

Fracking Pragmatism: Voluntary Standards for Shale Development

The polarized debate over fracking is getting us nowhere. Voluntary standards for responsible practices offer a new, productive middle ground.
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Obama Administration to Curb Coal Mining on Federal Land

Remember the federal land being leased to coal mining companies for next to nothing? Interior Secretary Sally Jewell finally spoke out against the…
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Fracking Opponents Get Creative in Their Tactics

Local regulation is probably the best way for communities to respond to fracking, but the law sometimes stands in their way.
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The Crazy Logic Behind Florida’s Climate Change Ban

Big and small governments have tried through the years to change the vernacular that is used regarding controversial policies they don't wish to…
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Crime Surges in North Dakota’s Oil Country

Local police forces in North Dakota are so overwhelmed with crime related to the state's oil boom that FBI has now become involved.
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Will Denver Allow Fracking in its City Limits?

Fracking now threatens Denver city limits and its watershed, and a campaign has begun for a moratorium.
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Florida’s Expanding Sinkholes Won’t Deter Fracking

The occasional sinkhole has been called a way of life in Florida. Increasingly, however, sinkholes are becoming an expensive and ever-dangerous risk in…
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4 Reasons a National Methane Policy is Good for Business

After months of anticipation, the Obama administration last month released its new methane emissions strategy. Here are four reasons the new methane emissions…
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Larry Summers Calls For a Carbon Tax Now

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence "Larry" Summers makes the point that, with gasoline taxes at levels…
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New York State to Ban Fracking Due to Health Risks

NY Department of Health's 186-page review of the state's environmental impact statement on fracking left many stymied: How do you quantify the impact…