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Why Won’t Our 'Environmental President' Stop Fracking on Public Land?

It has become increasingly fashionable to credit President Barack Obama for doing all he possibly can to combat climate change. The only problem: it's not true.<p><i>Barack Obama is apparently down with fracking. Photo via Flickr user IREX</i><p>It has become increasingly fashionable in liberal circles to …

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To Resolve Feud Over Fracking, Colo. Democrats Turn To Plan C

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced a last-minute compromise to avert a costly political battle over oil and gas drilling. As Dan Boyce of Inside Energy reports, the deal is meant to find a solution to disputes related to fracking — but it also serves the political interests of Colorado …

Oil companies fracking into drinking water sources, new research shows

Energy companies are fracking for oil and gas at far shallower depths than widely believed, sometimes through underground sources of drinking water, according to research released Tuesday by Stanford University scientists.<p>Though researchers cautioned their study of hydraulic fracturing, or …

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What Donald Trump, Bon Jovi, and Fracking Have in Common

Three un­likely ad­versar­ies are squar­ing off to buy West­ern New York’s cher­ished foot­ball team the Buf­falo Bills.<p>Don­ald Trump, Bon Jovi, and …

Diesel is used in fracking without permits, report says

Energy companies have used thousands of gallons of diesel to frack for oil and gas without obtaining the necessary permits required under federal law, according to a new report by the Environmental Integrity Project.<p>The watchdog group's review of industry and federal data from 2010 to 2014, …

Obama's Troubled Foreign Policy Enabled By Fracking As Hillary Piles On

Decreased dependence on foreign oil due to the fracking boom in the United States has been enabling the Obama Administration’s increasingly isolationist posture on the world stage. Low gasoline and natural gas prices in particular have given the President political cover in pursuing a …

Fracking With Diesel Fuel Is Illegal Without A Permit, But Drillers Use It Anyway: Report

<i>ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam Reports:</i><p>A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydraulic fracturing operations, and then doctoring records to hide violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.<p>The report, published this week by the …

Study: The Toxicity of One-Third of Fracking Chemicals is Unknown

A database of chemicals used in fracking and other industries reveals a gap in knowledge.<p><b>A new study says that out of 81 common</b> compounds used in fracking, there's very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third of them. This research was presented this week at the 248th …

No One Knows How Bad Fracking Is For Animals -- And That's A Problem

The business of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is booming. Between 2005 and 2013, some 82,000 fracking wells bored into the shale deposits beneath 17 states, according to the environmental advocacy group Environmental America.<p>Read more on

Why Geothermal Energy Is The New Fracking

Millions of gallons of a cocktail of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the horizontal wells at high pressure, fracturing the shale, releasing the gas--and causing violent protests in Europe and parts of America.<p>Geothermal energy, by contrast, has yet to stir much controversy. Most …

Can fracking solve the problem of polluted mine water in Pennsylvania?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure — and that may be the case when it comes to water quality in Pennsylvania.<p>The state is a center of the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom. But there are also thousands of abandoned mines that leach metals and other pollutants into the state's streams.<p>Now …

Fracking protesters superglue themselves to environment department

Anti-fracking protesters have superglued themselves to the doors at the main entrance of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). A related protest is also underway at the offices of iGas, the UK’s biggest shale gas company, which has seen two entrances blockaded by …

Fracking Recycles During Drought

Summer is coming to an end, ushering in droughts across the US. Many states, such as California, have implemented fines for wasted water, in an attempt to mitigate the growing problem.<p>The technology to help curb water shortage, however, may lie in a very unexpected industry.<p>Hydraulic fracturing, or …