water quality

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]

How Clean Is This Beach?

June 28, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Will Hastings/Flickr

When I travel for work--NRDC has offices across the country--I like to try to get out and take a swim. It's a nice break from suing polluters. But I'm always wondering: How clean is that beach in Santa Monica? Can I safely swim in Lake Michigan, in sight of the Chicago skyline? Even back home in New York, I find myself wondering if it's...[read more]

EPA’s Plan to Spend $1.9 Million to Study Health, Environmental Impacts of Fracking

March 19, 2010 by Tim Hurst

Hydraulic fracturing trucks in western Colorado pumping fluid into wells at pressures of up to 35,000 PSI (Photo: Tim Hurst) The United States has an estimated 2,074 trillion cubic feet of natural gas locked away in the geologic formations below our feet. And until fairly recently, we didn’t really have a good way of unlocking the gas...[read more]