hydraulic fracking

New Brunswick Begins Ingenious Fracking Research

August 26, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy

New Study on Fracking and Water


In a brilliant initiative that I wish was implemented sooner, New Brunswick is going to investigate water quality in locations where hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations to extract oil and natural gas from shale are likely to happen – before they happen.[read more]

Colorado Town to East Coast Anti-Fracking Activists: You're Wrong

July 27, 2014 by Simon Lomax

Local officials in Erie, Colorado, are pushing back hard against a national environmental group for misrepresenting the outcome of a failed “ban fracking” campaign in their town. The officials say the Massachusetts-based group has “ignored or misstated” the facts.[read more]

Four Of 10 Fracked Wells In Pennsylvania Are Projected To Fail

July 6, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Pennsylvania Fracking Well Risk

A major new study finds that, as suspected, it is new, unconventional gas wells that are far more likely to leak heat-trapping — and tap-water igniting — methane than older, conventional wells. Study after study has found consistently higher methane leakage rates from natural gas production and distribution.[read more]

New sensible efforts are raising the bar for safer, more transparent hydraulic fracturing

August 31, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

The ‘voices’ in the moderate center that have been drowned out in the increasingly inflammatory debate over the hydraulic fracturing of shale natural gas are getting a growing cadre of credible allies. And with them may come a sensible way to prudently capitalize on the enormous deposits of shale gas throughout parts of the U.S. and the...[read more]

The 2013 US Energy Agenda

July 12, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

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The last decade has seen a big shift in our energy policy priorities, with more fuel efficient vehicles and the shale gas revolution making the US more energy independent than ever. Yet whoever is inaugurated next January still faces an exhaustive list of energy policy problems. Here's an overview.[read more]

Natural Gas Boom Won’t Stall U.S. Renewables

February 23, 2012 by Christina Nunez

The recent plummet of the natural gas spot price to a 28-month low has stirred discussion about implications for renewable energy—the majority electrical generating component in RMI’s vision of the 2050 U.S. energy economy. Since mid-2009, it has been increasingly clear that the amount of natural gas supplied via hydraulic...[read more]

T. Boone Terrorism: Droughts Pit Natural Gas Industry Against Texans

July 1, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Speaking of less water, Travis Waldron has a fine observation on irresponsible action by fossil fuel companies, specifically drillers using Billions of Gallons of Potable Water for fracking. Where? In Drought-Stricken Texas, of course.[read more]