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Study Finds no Energy-Related Water Contamination in Bakken Region, But...

November 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Bakken Fracking and Water Risk

Oil and gas development in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana has not impacted shallow water resources, according to a new study. However, the age of the groundwater sampled and the sample locations indicate additional research should be conducted to fully evaluate energy production impact.[read more]

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Why Does the U.S. Still Need So Much Fracking Oil?

November 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Fracking Oil and Energy Needs

United States petroleum consumption peaked in the year 2005, and it has been declining from that high ever since. Can this improvement of U.S. petroleum consumption be sustained and possibly achieve a 30 percent reduction in 2005 to 2030?[read more]

Methane Leaks Wipe Out Any Climate Benefit Of Fracking, Satellite Observations Confirm

October 25, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Fracking and the Risk of Methane Leaks

Satellite observations of huge oil and gas basins in East Texas and North Dakota confirm staggering 9 and 10 percent leakage rates methane. Researchers write, “at the current methane loss rates, a net climate benefit on all time frames owing to tapping unconventional resources in the analyzed tight formations is unlikely.”[read more]

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Making the Boom Bigger: Opportunities Abound for the Oil & Gas Industry to Address Environmental Challenges with Practical Innovation

October 1, 2014 by Alexander Goodman

Environmental Risk Management

Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the United States has created an extraordinary economic opportunity in the nation’s energy sector while it has at the same time has posed a nearly unprecedented amount of environmental concern.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: A Disturbing Climate March Observation

September 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking, Activism, and Public Attention

The People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people. It’s great so many are passionate about addressing climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a cause without understanding the patchwork of issues that encapsulates it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Not Ghost Towns Anymore...'

September 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking and Communities

What does the term “fracking” mean to you? Chances are there are numerous answers to that question because the term has vaulted into US vernacular and political debates virtually overnight, along with the astonishing domestic oil and gas production increases to which hydraulic fracturing is directly related.[read more]

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InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth

July 30, 2014 by InsideClimate News
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Responding to Energy in Depth

The ploy by Energy in Depth and other industry public relations professionals to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the "anti-fracking industry" is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.[read more]

Fracking, InsideClimate, and Public Integrity

July 28, 2014 by Steve Everley
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Researchers at InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity have increasingly focused their attention on issues related to hydraulic fracturing. But the omission of research demonstrating safety or benign environmental impacts suggests they are pursuing a narrative of harm.[read more]

Votes Show Strong Support for Colorado Energy, Rejection of Anti-Fracking Activism

July 5, 2014 by Simon Lomax
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Whether you’re in Loveland, Denver or even the nation’s capital, the events of the past two weeks have proved once more that Coloradans from across the political spectrum support homegrown energy production and all the benefits that go with it.[read more]

More Scrutiny for National Groups, Big Donors Funding Colorado 'Ban Fracking' Campaign

June 20, 2014 by Simon Lomax
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Ban Fracking Campaigns

Over the course of recent months, Energy In Depth Mountain States has examined the national activist organizations and ultra-rich donors who are pushing many local and statewide campaigns to ban oil and gas development in Colorado.[read more]

Texas 'Fracking Contamination' Report Is an Embarrassing Media Blunder

June 12, 2014 by Steve Everley
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A news report from WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth alleges that recent tests “prove” fracking is to blame for methane in a resident’s drinking water aquifer. But the report does nothing to contradict the information showing that shale gas development is unrelated to the methane found in the groundwater.[read more]

Fracking's War on Coal

Coal's share of electricity generation went from over 50 percent in 2005 to less than 40 percent today. While global coal continues to rise, the US is at present leaving much of our coal in the ground. Meanwhile, estimates of recoverable natural gas reserves in the United States have nearly doubled.[read more]

Texas Regulators Debunk Major Claim from 'Ban Fracking' Activists

May 30, 2014 by Steve Everley

Texas Regulators and Fracking Bans

A case of flammable water that anti-fracking groups have used to foment doubt about the safety of shale development was not due to oil and gas drilling. This marks the second time that regulators have investigated the case of methane in private water wells and found no link to drilling or fracking.[read more]

California Senators to Vote on a Fracking Moratorium This Week

May 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Fracking Legislation

This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on fracking and acidizing until the state studies the risks and determines whether these heavy industrial extraction processes can—or even should—be allowed to continue.[read more]

In Colorado, Local Fracking Debate Holds National Implications

May 12, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

Colorado Fracking Debate

An oil and gas boom over the past decade saw wells creep closer to the metropolitan areas along Colorado’s Front Range, a heavily populated area that includes Denver and Boulder, and with it, growing public anger over the extraction process.[read more]