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.

Rex Tillerson

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…
oil and gas industry

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…
fracking demonstration in Colorado

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…
Red Queen effect signals fracking bubble bust.

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…

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…

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…

Fracking Hits Property Values

Fracking is creating a new world of murky uncertainties around home lending, refinancing and the real estate market in general.
Dozens of Appalachians and their allies bring hundreds of gallons of toxic water from their homes to EPA offices in Washington, D.C. to protest mountaintop removal for coal. But fracking also presents a water concern in the region.

Environmental Justice, Hydraulic Fracturing and Appalachia

Appalachia is most known for mountaintop removal for coal. But hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) is growing in popularity and creating new environmental and…

The False Promise of Fracking

In Snake Oil, Richard Heinberg says “rather than offering the nation a century of cheap energy and economic prosperity, fracking may well present…
EPA rules could shut more power plants

EPA Leader McCarthy Will Target Coal (Oil and Gas, Maybe Not So Much)

New EPA Chief Gina McCarthy will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, but the picture for oil and gas…

Town Bans Nudity but Keeps Fracking

One small community in southeastern Illinois seems to have its priorities squarely on track. For the town of Fairfield, the danger of fracking,…
Shell Oil

Shell Oil : Natural Gas Best Opportunity For Carbon Reduction

A company such as Shell has to operate on the basis of where the technical skills are and drive the objective of CO2…

Fracking Moratorium in New York Gets Extended

The New York State Assembly last week approved a two-year moratorium on fracking, extending a de facto ban that has been in place…
Shale oil production vs. Time (2005-2025)

Shale Energy Bubble Threatens Second Economic Collapse

Shale gas has grown explosively to the point that it now supplies some 40 percent of U.S. natural gas. But the question is,…