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New EPA Reports on Fracking Waste Don't Go Far Enough

Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.U.S. EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking.NRDC has been concerned for a long time about this dangerous waste...

Posted April 6, 2014    

Dirty Fuels Shouldn't Get a Free Pass on Water Pollution Compared to Renewable Energy

It should come as no surprise that NRDC supports renewable energy development. Even renewable energy, however, comes with environmental impacts, particularly with projects that are not responsibly sited. So, just like with any other form of energy,...

Posted March 24, 2014    

Colorado Needs to be Honest About the Risks of Fracking

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 that's not a very high bar, and the rules are still not strong enough to ensure that...

Posted January 19, 2014    

EPA Holds Oil and Gas Company Accountable for Violating Clean Water Act

My previous blog post expressed outrage that the EPA chose to step away from enforcing the law when drinking water was unsafe in Texas, even when nearby natural gas operations were identified as the most probably cause.Our...

Posted December 30, 2013    

Inspector General Report Finds EPA Should Act to Protect Texans' Drinking Water From Oil and Gas Operations

A new report was released by the EPA Inspector General (IG)—the environmental agency’s independent internal watchdog— regarding drinking water contamination linked with natural gas operations in Parker County, Texas, just west of Ft. Worth. The...

Posted December 28, 2013    

Why We Need a Fracking Moratorium on Public Lands

Amy Mall, Senior Policy Analyst, Washington, D.C.Last week we got one of our first glimpses into what U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell thinks about fracking – and it wasn’t promising. Her viewpoint on this topic is important...

Posted November 16, 2013    

Once a Week an Oil or Gas Spill Contaminates Groundwater in Colorado [VIDEO]

"Just about every day in Colorado, there’s a chemical spill caused by drilling and fracking. And once a week on average, a spill contaminates groundwater."There's a startling new video from the Center on Western Prioirities (CWP). According to...

Posted October 29, 2013    

Concerns of Flooded Oil and Gas Sites Add to Colorado Disaster

The Colorado disaster is tragic; lives, homes, and more have been lost. Even today, people are still being evacuated by helicopter rescue crews because there is no other way to reach them. Some people may not be able to return to their homes for...

Posted September 20, 2013    

More than Half of Landowners Report Problems with Shale Gas Development

Earlier this year, researchers from West Virginia University surveyed West Virginia land owners with shale wells on their property. They surveyed a sample of 481 landowners with a total of 680 wells on their properties (some had more than one). The...

Posted September 13, 2013    

Fish and Wildlife Populations at Risk With Even Small Fracking Spills

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...

Posted September 1, 2013    

Colorado: Put Clean Air and Health Before Oil and Gas Profits [INFOGRAPHIC]

Last week the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment delayed consideration of important new clean air rules that are essential to rein in dangerous ozone being generated by emissions from oil and gas polluters in...

Posted August 30, 2013    

Obama's Proposed Fracking Rule Would Lead to Dirty Energy

Later this week, NRDC and partner organizations will be submitting detailed comments to the BLM opposing its proposed fracking rule for any fracking that takes place under federal oil and gas leases. Hundreds of thousands of comments are also being...

Posted August 23, 2013