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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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The Latest Yellowstone River Oil Spill Should Be A Wake-Up Call For Montana

Posted January 22, 2015 by Amanda Jahshan

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My friend Deia Schlosberg ends her award-winning fracking documentary, Backyard, with a simple question: "What did you do, once you knew?" The question is actually a quote from a Drew Dellinger poem and serves as a call to action in...continued

Fracking Victory, Ivory Ban, and More Solar Energy: A Year of Environmental Success in New York State

Posted January 12, 2015 by Richard Schrader

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Last year ended with an environmental bang when Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a bold and courageous move that exceeded the wildest expectations of many, banned fracking in New York State. Guided by the growing body of sound science highlighting the...continued

Government leaders take note: NY's fracking ban is consistent with the evidence & public opinion

Posted January 9, 2015 by Kate Sinding

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We all enjoyed some pre-Christmas euphoria over Governor Cuomo's historic decision to ban fracking in the State of New York. And we deserved the merriment, given the governor's noble adherence to his oft-articulated, and correct, principle: Let science, not politics,...continued

Historic Victory for Public Health as Governor Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York

Posted December 18, 2014 by Kate Sinding

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As most of the world now knows, yesterday Governor Cuomo made the incredibly bold and principled decision to ban fracking in New York State.  For those of us who have been working so hard over the past almost seven years...continued

Governor Cuomo Protects New York State from Reckless Fracking

Posted December 17, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

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In a major victory for people’s health and local communities, Governor Cuomo has banned fracking for oil and gas in New York State. The governor based this decision on sound science and thorough review, refusing to buckle under pressure from...continued

Report on Fracking's Health Risks Underscores Need for Cuomo to Extend Moratorium

Posted December 16, 2014 by Kate Sinding

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Just over a month after his re-election, Governor Cuomo has been making waves on fracking—telling reporters in recent days that he will make a major decision before the end of the year. With a moratorium in place since before he...continued

More Fracking Fumes: Studies Repeatedly Find Unsafe Levels of Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites

Posted December 16, 2014 by Miriam Rotkin-Ellman

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Science is about identifying patterns.  A single study finding unsafe levels of a contaminant raises concern, but when the results of multiple studies start to converge the science is telling us we have a problem.  Over the past year, at...continued

Don't Mess with Denton: Groups Move to Intervene in Defense of Local Ordinance

Posted December 4, 2014 by Daniel Raichel

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Today, the Denton Drilling Awareness Group (Denton DAG) and Earthworks, assisted by attorneys from NRDC, Earthjustice, and the Texas local government law firm Brown & Hofmeister, moved to intervene in defense of a local ordinance banning fracking within Denton city...continued

A Holiday Fracking Tale of Two Governors: Maryland vs. New York

Posted November 26, 2014 by Kate Sinding

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This Thanksgiving, what I am most grateful for (aside from my family, of course) is that I live in a state with a governor who has so far stood strong against the pressures from the oil and gas industry and...continued

Reducing natural gas leakage to protect the environment is easy to do, saves money, and creates jobs

Posted November 20, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar

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The summary of our report Waste Not was released today. The report discusses common sense ways to cut in half the methane pollution from the oil and natural gas industry, and the standards that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can...continued

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