fracking and water

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]

Why Hydraulic Fracturing is Not Necessarily Contaminating Water or Using More Water Per Unit of Oil Production

November 19, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Usage

The 2014 US Midterm Elections significantly altered the balance of power in the US Congress. This, however, has not been the only big result from Election Night 2014. Voters in some communities in California, Ohio, and perhaps most surprisingly in Texas, chose to enact bans on fracking.[read more]

Getting the Salt Out

October 23, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Solving Salt Problems

The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface.[read more]

Study Of Best Fracked Wells Finds Low Methane Emissions, Skips Super-Emitters

September 24, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Fracked Wells Study

The good news: A sample of what are probably the best fracked wells in the country finds low emissions of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas. The bad news: The study likely missed the super-emitters, the wells that are responsible for the vast majority of methane leakage.[read more]

Fracking Wastewater Cited In Blackside Dace Die-Off, Probably

September 4, 2013 by Tina Casey

Wildlife Die-Off From Fracking Wastewater?


A recent report on a Blackside Dace die-off is significant because, although it doesn’t get to 100 percent sure, its degree of certainty is quite an achievement given that a gaping trade secrets loophole makes fracking-related water contamination almost impossible to prove.[read more]

Fish and Wildlife Populations at Risk With Even Small Fracking Spills

September 1, 2013 by Amy Mall

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently published a peer-reviewed journal article that discusses the results of the investigation into a 2007 fracking wastewater spill in Kentucky.[read more]

Time for BLM to Switch Paths on Road to Fracked Oil and Gas

August 26, 2013 by Briana Mordick

BLM Fracking Choices

The Bureau of Land Management is at a fork in the road to America’s public lands. One path offers outdated, and inadequate rules – the path that the government agency has been following to regulate oil and gas drilling for more than three decades.[read more]

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Water Contamination

August 17, 2013 by Steve Everley

No single source of criticism of hydraulic fracturing is more pronounced than the claim that it pollutes groundwater. But when critics are asked to prove the claim, the evidence of contamination is far more elusive than their statements would suggest.[read more]

Fracking and Drought: They Call It Texas Tea, But You Can’t Drink It

August 14, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Texas Drought and Fracking

How dry is it in Texas? So dry some residents are wishing for a hurricane to replenish the aquifer. So dry that many Texans are now against using water to frack for oil, because every fracking job requires several million gallons of water.[read more]

Oil and Gas Repeatedly Violates Law, With States Not Using Carrots or Sticks

July 18, 2013 by Amy Mall

A new investigation confirms the worst fears of citizens across the country who live near fracking sites: state regulators are not doing everything they can to prevent oil and gas companies from repeatedly violating the law.[read more]

EPA Risks Crisis of Confidence in Protecting Drinking Water From Fracking

June 25, 2013 by Amy Mall

The EPA has been investigating the water in Pavillion, Wyoming for years now, but announced last week that it was dropping an investigation into contamination before it was completed, and now everyone wants to know why.[read more]

Energy Risk: Fracking Increasing Competition for Water

June 20, 2013 by Amy Mall

A new investigation by AP has found that the vast majority of counties where fracking is occurring in seven states are also suffering from drought. and that fracking is presenting new strains on water supplies.[read more]

New Draft Fracking Rules Give Industry a Free Pass

May 20, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

natural gas well entrance

Just released federal government draft rules for fracking fail to protect people from harm. Instead the rules protect the oil and gas industry from having to follow strong public health and environmental standards.[read more]

Fracking and Water Pollution: Remembering First Study to Establish "Definitive" Link

May 13, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

fracking and water

David Biello over at Scientific American had a story in 2011 that looked at research establishing a link between methane contamination in well water and nearby hydraulic fracturing of shale rock.[read more]

Fracking and Groundwater: Mora County, New Mexico Bans Oil & Gas Drilling

May 1, 2013 by Amy Mall

Mora County, New Mexico is the first county in the country to ban drilling and fracking. They did it to protect their groundwater. The ordinance also established a local Bill of Rights that confirms the county's right to clean air and water.[read more]