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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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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ExxonMobil CEO Cites Fracking Concerns in Homeowner Suit

Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil’s chairman and CEO, is part of a lawsuit seeking to block construction of a 160-foot water tower adjacent to his…
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US Oil & Gas Sustainability Spending Sluggish Compared to Extraction Growth

The oil & gas industry increases sustainability spending, but not in proportion to their growth in extraction.

PA Supreme Court Ruling: No Preferential Treatment for Fracking

The Pennsylvania fracking industry has been dealt a significant blow by a new PA Supreme Court ruling, which held that new statewide regulations…
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Forget Sustainable Consumption. Focus on Sustainable Citizenship

While the sustainable business world keeps focusing on ways to increase sustainable consumption as a path to a more sustainable future, when we…
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Fracking’s Red Queen Effect Means Even More Drilling

Declining productivity of fracking wells in shale gas formations could lead to the need to drill more than 6,000 additional wells annually, introducing…
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Fracking Headaches: Homeowners Battle Developers for Mineral Rights

Developers in Colorado’s expanding residential areas have been quietly holding back mineral rights to land that they sell, leaving new residents with the…
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Landfill-Derived Natural Gas Now Available For Your Car

A company in California called Clean Energy Fuels is taking landfill methane and making it available for natural gas powered vehicles through a…