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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    

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Well Integrity

“When you create doubt, no matter how specious your argument is…it doesn’t matter if you go out and say something ridiculous. … The whole purpose is to create inaction and create a feeling that we do not know what is happening when we actually know...

Posted August 28, 2013    

Dallas Hearing Showcases Gap Between Facts and Fractivists

*NOTE: Our friends at CLEAN Resources contributed to this report.The City of Dallas sits on the edge of the Barnett Shale in North Texas, and many Dallas residents are eager for their city to share in the job and wealth creating bounty that has...

Posted August 25, 2013    

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Public Health

In Part III of our multi-part series exploring how anti-fracking activists sow the seeds of doubt on the safety of shale development (see also Part I and Part II), we look at the ongoing debate over public health.Anti-fracking groups are...

Posted August 18, 2013    

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science: Water Contamination

In the second installment of our series on opponents of shale development denying science (Part I is here), we tackle the issue of hydraulic fracturing and water contamination.No single source of criticism of hydraulic fracturing is more pronounced...

Posted August 17, 2013    

How Anti-Fracking Activists Deny Science on Air Emissions

A common talking point among critics of hydraulic fracturing is that they somehow own “the science” on shale development. The industry is merely raising doubt about scientific studies, they claim – just enough to confuse the public and make them...

Posted August 13, 2013