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Fracking, InsideClimate, and Public Integrity

Over the past several months, researchers at InsideClimate News (ICN) and the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) have increasingly focused their attention on issues related to hydraulic fracturing. From a lengthy report on air quality in the Eagle...

Posted July 28, 2014    

Texas 'Fracking Contamination' Report Is an Embarrassing Media Blunder

A news report from ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas-Fort Worth alleges that recent tests “prove” fracking is to blame for high levels of methane in a resident’s drinking water aquifer. But aside from inflammatory rhetoric, the report does nothing...

Posted June 12, 2014    

Texas Regulators Debunk Major Claim from 'Ban Fracking' Activists

A case of flammable water that anti-fracking groups have used to foment doubt about the safety of shale development was not due to oil and gas drilling, Texas state regulators concluded in a report recently released. This marks the second time that...

Posted May 30, 2014    

As Emissions Fall, Greens Increasingly Embrace Shale Gas

For many years, environmental activists have pushed for bans, moratoria, or other restrictions on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), alleging the process is a threat to public health and the environment. But in recent months, increasing numbers of...

Posted May 16, 2014    

Revisiting a Questionable Study on Shale Gas and Methane Leaks

For those of us who pay attention to the ongoing question over “methane leakage” from shale development, it was hard to ignore the headlines earlier this month:Los Angeles Times: “EPA drastically underestimates methane released at drilling sites”...

Posted May 9, 2014    

French Report Misstates Role of Shale Gas in Reducing US Carbon Emissions

A recent policy brief published by the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) examined the impact of U.S. shale gas on the American economy, including potential implications for the European Union. The IDDRI...

Posted March 15, 2014    

Activism and Deception Underlie Weather Channel's Eagle Ford Shale Report

A new investigative report by InsideClimate News and the Center for Public Integrity – promoted and produced by the Weather Channel – concludes that shale development in south Texas is “releasing a toxic soup of chemicals into the air,” which the...

Posted February 20, 2014    

When Headlines Obscure Science on Shale Development

Earlier this month, a Bloomberg News headline made a very serious accusation about hydraulic fracturing and shale development: “Study Shows Fracking Is Bad For Babies” was the title of an opinion column by Mark Whitehouse. The opening paragraph...

Posted January 22, 2014    

Three Key Facts About the New Methane Paper

A new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that EPA’s greenhouse gas inventory may be underestimating total methane emissions in the United States, possibly by as much as 50 percent. According to the...

Posted November 28, 2013    

Five Bogus Claims Made About Hydraulic Fracturing On The US House Floor

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives debated and passed a bipartisan bill — H.R. 2728 — that would prevent the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from regulating hydraulic fracturing in states where regulations are already in place. Many...

Posted November 22, 2013    

Bombshell Study Confirms Low Methane Leakage from Shale Gas

For years, critics of hydraulic fracturing have alleged that “methane leaks” from development are not only astronomically high, but also make natural gas from shale a climate “disaster” and “gang-plank.” But a new, highly anticipated report from the...

Posted September 19, 2013    

National Park Service Urges BLM to Ignore Science on Hydraulic Fracturing

Last week, the National Park Service submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management regarding the latter’s proposed federal rule on hydraulic fracturing. The NPS naturally has an interest in ensuring that development is done responsibly in U.S...

Posted August 31, 2013