hydraulic fracturing

Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)

Expose Yourself! (To Benzene and Other Toxic Chemicals at Fracking Sites)
A growing body of research suggests that not only does the fracking industry create fewer jobs than promised, the jobs that are created come with serious dangers for the workers who take them.
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The More You Know: Increased Fracking Knowledge Translates Into Disgust

The More You Know: Increased Fracking Knowledge Translates Into Disgust
The Oklahoman – owned by an energy tycoon – is making the argument that people protest hydraulic fracturing because they're just plain ignorant of how absolutely wonderful the process is for everybody. If only they acknowledged reality.
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Nothing to Feel Here: Oklahoma Media Stays Silent on Link Between Fracking and Surge in Earthquakes

Nothing to Feel Here: Oklahoma Media Stays Silent on Link Between Fracking and Surge in Earthquakes
The media coverage of the 4.3-magnitude earthquake that shook central Oklahoma Tuesday was complacent and routine. That's probably just what the oil and gas industry wants. A glance at online reports about the quakes from The Oklahoman, News 9, KOCO/Channel 5 and NewsChannel 4 shows they didn't even mention how scientists claim the dramatic surge in earthquakes here are caused by the oil and gas drilling process known as fracking.
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A Bomb Train at Any Pace Can Still Go Boom: Rail CEOs Push for Higher Speed Limits

A Bomb Train at Any Pace Can Still Go Boom: Rail CEOs Push for Higher Speed Limits
Burlington Northern Santa Fe recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trains in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, to 60 MPH from 30 MPH, despite opposition from local officials. The announcement came merely a week after the Obama Administration announced its proposed regulations for trains carrying oil obtained via fracking from the state's Bakken Shale basin.
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ALEC Greasing the Wheels for More Fracking, Gas Exports and CNG Powered Vehicles

ALEC Greasing the Wheels for More Fracking, Gas Exports and CNG Powered Vehicles
Late last week, legislative and lobbyist members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) voted on model legislation promoting both exports of gas obtained via fracking and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG). Dubbed a “corporate bill mill” by its critics, ALEC is heavily engaged in a state-level effort to attack renewable energy and grease the skids for exports of U.S. oil and gas.
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By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives

By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives
After months of thorny, stop-and-start negotiations that in recent weeks seemed doomed to fail, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that he had succeeded in wringing a truce out of dueling big-money backers of ballot initiative proposals concerning local control over oil and gas development in the state.
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After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush.
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As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers

As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers
Once touted as the answer to U.S. energy consumers' dreams, it is beginning to look like the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking" may be as much of an environmental obscenity as the name suggests. From poisoned wells to frackquakes, methane release to quality of life drains, hydraulic fracturing hasn't been all it was cracked up to be. So why not add a little radiation to the mix?
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From Cheese Heads to Oil Faces: WI's Newly Revealed Oil-by-Rail Routes Show State's Shift

From Cheese Heads to Oil Faces: WI's Newly Revealed Oil-by-Rail Routes Show State's Shift
Newly published information was initially submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation under the auspices of a May 7 Emergency Order, after both the federal government and the rail industry initially argued should only be released to those with a “need to know” and not the public at-large. Turns out, the public does need to know if potentially deadly trains are headed through their backyard.
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Sen Candidate Uses Pro-Fracking Jobs Stat to Suggest CO Could Lose '120,000 Jobs Overnight'

Sen Candidate Uses Pro-Fracking Jobs Stat to Suggest CO Could Lose '120,000 Jobs Overnight'
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner has his talking points on energy down pat. It’s total BS, of course, but he’s got great delivery. Who cares if his jobs statistic suggests that a ban on fracking — which isn't even on the ballot — would kill 120,000 jobs overnight? Especially if that number relies on the belief that a ban would result in the closing of every gas station in Colorado?
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