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→
Feature: Hydraulic Fracturing
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.
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→
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→
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
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?
The Barnett Shale in Northeast Texas is one of the largest and most productive shale gas plays in the U.S. . It has seen an explosion in natural gas production due to advances in drilling technology and the use of...continued→
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→
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→
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→
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→