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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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Feds can't count on states, industry alone to protect against fracking's risks

Posted February 19, 2015 by Kate Sinding

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The White House Council of Economic Advisors today released a report that indicated it is "taking steps to ensure that the expansion of natural gas and oil production be done responsibly and with environmental safeguards." It goes on to say...continued

New poll: most scientists oppose increased fracking

Posted February 6, 2015 by Amy Mall

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An important new poll on science surveyed two groups: (1) members of the public; and (2) scientists connected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The poll covered a range of science, engineering and technology issues, and...continued

California Communities Stand Against Big Oil in Local Elections

Posted January 27, 2015 by Damon Nagami

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This guest post by NRDC Legal Fellow Jamie Friedland provides context for our new report with Heal the Bay entitled "Tideland Oil & Gas Drilling in California: Is Santa Monica Bay at Risk?" Big Oil is playing small ball--right in...continued

Fracking Wastewater Spill in North Dakota Hits America's Longest River - The Missouri

Posted January 26, 2015 by Amanda Jahshan

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I wrote last week about an oil spill in the Yellowstone River outside of Glendive, Montana. Today, we learn that fracking wastewater from a different spill - a spill that leaked somewhere around 3 million gallons of contaminated water...continued

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


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