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Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

April 15, 2014 by Briana Mordick

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced that recent earthquakes in Ohio were likely caused by fracking. This is the fourth documented case of induced seismicity linked to hydraulic fracturing, and the latest in a series of earthquakes in Ohio caused by oil and gas production activities.[read more]

More Research and Data Needed on Induced Earthquakes from Oil and Gas Operations

March 28, 2014 by Briana Mordick

Quakes and Fracking

In the early evening on March 27, 1964 a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck beneath Alaska’s Prince William Sound, 75 miles east of Anchorage. The ground shook for over four minutes, triggering landslides and a deadly tsunami that claimed lives as far south as Crescent City, CA.[read more]

Opinion: Regulations Must Keep Pace with Water-Related Fracking Risks

March 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Fracking and Water Risk

To mark this year’s World Water Day, UNESCO and UN Water released the 2014 World Water Development report highlighting the key role that water and energy play in economic development. According to the report, some 768 million people do not have access to an improved source of water.[read more]

Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

March 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Local Legislative Protections

Every day, communities across the country are taking action to protect themselves against the harms of industrial fracking. These efforts are illustrated by events like the string of successful bans and moratoria that passed as ballot measures in Colorado’s last election.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Growth in US Hydrocarbon Production from Shale Resources Driven by Drilling Efficiency

March 14, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Hydrocarbon Production

The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing, and doing so in many basins across the United States, because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction.[read more]

Methane Leakage from Cows Higher than from Natural Gas Development

March 10, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Methane Emissions

Since the onset of the shale gas revolution, many have worried that emissions of fugitive methane — the main component of natural gas and a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide on a molecule-for-molecule basis — are eroding the climate benefits of switching from coal to natural gas.[read more]

As U.S. Energy Booms, Don't Forget About Roadway Infrastructure

March 10, 2014 by Costa Samaras

Energy Boom and Roadway Infrastructure

One fracking operation needs 600 to 1,100 one-way truck trips for equipment to and from a well site. In a new paper in the Journal of Infrastructure Systems, our team estimated the costs of additional heavy truck traffic associated with shale gas development on Pennsylvania’s state-maintained roadways.[read more]

EPA Releases Final Guidance for Fracking with Diesel

February 13, 2014 by Briana Mordick

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released final permitting guidance for wells that will be hydraulically fractured with diesel fuel. The guidance contains many important protections, based on solid science and EPA’s long experience with underground injection.[read more]

Colorado Health Department Disavows Activists' Favorite Fracking Researchers

February 5, 2014 by Simon Lomax

State public health officials in Colorado have recently publicly disavowed the latest paper from a team of researchers whose work has been routinely cited by political activist groups that want to ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing.[read more]

An Alternative to Fracking & California's Drought Emergency

January 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California, Fracking, and Drought

California is home to the popular-for-rafting Kern River, Big Sur sunsets, the endangered blunt-nosed leopard lizard, some of the world’s most important blue whale foraging habitat, strawberry valleys, rolling farms, cowboy towns, and big bustling cities.[read more]

Colorado Needs to be Honest About the Risks of Fracking

January 19, 2014 by Amy Mall

Colorado has done a better job than some other states of updating its oil and gas rules, and the state should get credit where credit is due. But the rules are still not strong enough to ensure that Colorado residents have the protections from oil and gas development that they need and deserve.[read more]


Has shale gas really reduced US carbon emissions? The problem of coal exports

January 13, 2014 by Robert Wilson

Fracking and Illusions

Fracking has resulted in a decline in America's "on the books" carbon emissions. However a deconstruction of these emissions cuts in light of the globalised nature of carbon emissions shows that these emissions cuts may in large part be illusory.[read more]

A New Year's Resolution for DNR: Slow Down and Do it Right

January 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

It’s the Department of Natural Resources’s turn to be constructive. Our comments – and those of the thousands of deeply concerned Illinoisans who have weighed in – are pretty clear evidence that DNR’s rushed, sloppy approach is not working, and not serving the public interest.[read more]

Bridge Out: Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Higher Than EPA Estimates

November 28, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Methane Emissions

Natural gas is mostly methane (CH4), a potent heat-trapping gas. If, as now seems likely, natural gas production systems leak 2.7% (or more), then gas-fired power loses its near-term advantage over coal and becomes more of a gangplank than a bridge.[read more]

$26,000 Social Media Campaign Trumps $900,000 Oil and Gas Ad Buy

November 18, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Social Media and Drilling

The oil and gas industry outspent anti-natural gas fracking forces $900,000 to $26,000 in three recent ballot initiatives. The oil and gas industry lost. Social media and smart, honest content may be what ended up making the difference.[read more]