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Hydraulic Fracturing & Water Contamination

Hydraulic fracturing involves the injecting of fluids -- often containing toxic chemicals -- into oil or gas wells at very high pressure. A loophole in the Safe Drinking Water Act exempts hydraulic fracturing from regulation, despite the threat to drinking water supplies. Hydraulic fracturing has been linked to contaminated drinking water in communities around the country.

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Burden of the Boom: Who Will Pay the Price for Fracking in California?

Posted October 22, 2014 by Miriam Rotkin-Ellman in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment

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From polluted skies to contaminated drinking water and hazardous waste, communities of color in California get way more than their fair share.  If the oil and gas industry gets their way, drilling – and the environmental and health threats from...continued

Illinois fracking rules update: industry self-pity winds up while the clock winds down

Posted October 16, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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On Tuesday, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules once again postponed its decision concerning the Illinois fracking rules, until November 6.   They are cutting things pretty daredevil close:  Illinois law provides that agencies have exactly one year to...continued

The World We Create: My New Book and a Message of Hope for the Planet

Posted October 14, 2014 by Frances Beinecke in Solving Global Warming

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My work at NRDC has brought me to the front lines of the climate crisis. I have flown over the massive tar sands strip mines in the boreal forest. I have visited the homes of people coping with frack pads...continued

New poll: New Yorkers overwhelming support fracking moratorium - and clean energy

Posted October 7, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Last month, NRDC engaged a nationally recognized opinion research firm to conduct polling in New York State to evaluate public attitudes about fracking and clean energy.  Importantly, this is the first statewide poll in at least two years – and...continued

13th Report on Carcinogens adds four new chemicals to the cancer list - Fracking just got worse for your health

Posted October 6, 2014 by Jennifer Sass in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The National Toxicology Program’s Report on Carcinogens  – the nation’s authoritative public list of substances “known” or “reasonably anticipated” to cause cancer in humans – added four chemicals, making a total of 243 substances in its 13th Report : 1-bromopropane...continued

Risky Play: Children Exposed to Toxic Air Pollution from Shale Gas Development at Texas Playgrounds?

Posted October 3, 2014 by Tanja Srebotnjak in Health and the Environment

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The Barnett Shale in Northeast Texas is one of the largest and most productive shale gas plays in the U.S. [1]. It has seen an explosion in natural gas production due to advances in drilling technology and the use of...continued

Emerging jobs, suppressing leaks

Posted October 2, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Finding and fixing natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector now constitutes an emerging industry, with the potential to create a large number and variety of well-paying jobs, according to a new report released today by Datu Research...continued

Federal Investigators Warn of Dangers from Unregulated Oil & Gas Pipelines . . . Again

Posted October 1, 2014 by Matthew McFeeley in Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, a federal report on pipeline oversight recommended new rules to address safety concerns due to unregulated “gathering lines.”  Gathering lines transmit oil and gas from well sites to processing plants and transmission pipelines.    Unfortunately, federal rules currently exempt...continued

Oil and gas companies not walking the walk when it comes to recycling fracking wastewater

Posted September 30, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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According to a recent article in the Greeley Tribune, the oil and gas industry in Weld County, Colorado is producing more wastewater than it can handle. Weld County is a hotbed of the industry, with 21,595 active oil and gas wells,...continued

Faulty Gas Wells Contaminated Drinking Water in Pennsylvania and Texas

Posted September 17, 2014 by Briana Mordick in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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A new scientific study concluded that poorly constructed wells are to blame for groups of methane-contaminated drinking water wells overlying the Marcellus and Barnett shale gas plays. This adds to a growing body of research showing that oil and gas...continued


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