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.


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…

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…
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‘Both Sides of the Meter’ at Colorado Climate Summit

“We have to look at both sides of the meter,” said Leslie Glustrom, pointing at a chart of Boulder’s carbon emissions that, despite…

U.S. and China Reach Historic Climate Agreement

The agreement is the largest commitment of its kind by far. Can the Republican-led congress block it?
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Baker Hughes Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Fracking Drill Bits

Paint it pink. Why not? The pink-ification of just about everything to raise breast cancer awareness may have run up against its limits with pink…
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Vast Methane Cloud Confirmed Over the American Southwest

At 2,500 square miles, it is the largest concentrated area of methane emissions in the United States.
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Trans Energy to Restore Streams, Wetlands Damaged by Fracking

Reaching a settlement with the EPA and Justice Department, Trans Energy has agreed to pay a $3 million penalty and spend an estimated…

Ohio Stalls Green Energy Projects

The Ohio government put a double whammy on renewable energy this past week, freezing its renewable portfolio standard and inserting a last-minute rule…

Scientists Strengthen Link Between Prolonged Fracking and Large Quakes

What do you get when you combine the wastewater from a fracking site and an underground fault line? Potentially big trouble, say scientists,…

Solazyme Produces Algae-Based Lubricant for Cleaner Drilling and Fracking

Solazyme's latest announcement brings the versatile the company into the oilfield services market. It features Encapso, a highly effective, encapsulated lubricant that is…
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West Virginia Landfill Wastewater Shows Elevated Radioactivity Due to Fracking

"We haven't normally been putting radioactive material in a municipal waste landfill. We're not set up to process, handle, test, dispose. We don't…
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Pennsylvania Shale Gas Report Finds Little to Complain About

The 265-page “Shale-Gas Monitoring Report,” is just that: a comprehensive and carefully worded document about the results of the monitoring the state has…

Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes Grows With Surge of Quakes in Ohio

Ohio is merely the latest place to make this connection: Other sightings on the fracking-earthquake circuit have occurred in the UK, the Netherlands,…

Fracking Boom: Some North Dakota Rentals Now More Pricey Than NYC

For all of those communities that dream of one day hitting it rich on the fracking route: there's a cost to fame, as…