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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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Russian roulette in the shale patch III - Exposure of oil and gas workers to silica sand

Posted October 24, 2014 by Tanja Srebotnjak

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This is part three in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. A study of oil and gas workers found unsafe exposures to a contaminant that can cause...continued

Russian roulette in the shale patch II - Oil and gas workers exposed to hazardous chemicals

Posted October 24, 2014 by Tanja Srebotnjak

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This is part two in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. The expansion in U.S. oil and gas production due to advances in horizontal drilling techniques and...continued

Russian roulette in the shale patch I - The oil and gas industry has one of the highest fatality rates across all industries

Posted October 24, 2014 by Tanja Srebotnjak

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This is part one in a three-part series on the occupational health and safety risks of workers in the booming oil and gas industry. Occupational fatality data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveal that an oil and...continued

I can't hear you: Noise pollution is a health threat near unconventional oil and gas sites

Posted October 24, 2014 by Tanja Srebotnjak

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The concerns about air and water pollution resulting from the explosive growth in unconventional oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) and other controversial stimulation methods have received a lot of attention recently. Increased oil and gas production using...continued

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

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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

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