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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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Oil and gas industry must stop silencing victims

Posted April 14, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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What is the fracking industry trying to sell us in Marcellus? Certainly not logical consistency. In one notorious case, now described at length by Jonathan H. Marks in The Hastings Center Report, we get a stark look at the contradictory...continued

Fracking Linked to Earthquakes in Ohio

Posted April 11, 2014 by Briana Mordick in Health and the Environment

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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) announced today that recent earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were likely caused by hydraulic fracturing.  A series of earthquakes up to magnitude 3.0 struck on March 10th and 11th in Mahoning County near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. A...continued

Fracking in the Bakken threatens Missouri River watershed health

Posted April 9, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Science continues to point to the risks of groundwater contamination from oil and gas development, not just from oil, but from the salty liquid waste called brine. The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a study highlighting groundwater contamination from oil...continued

New EPA reports on fracking waste don't go far enough

Posted April 4, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment

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U.S. EPA just released two new reports on the waste generated by oil and gas exploration and production, including fracking. NRDC has been concerned for a long time about this dangerous waste, which is exempt from federal hazardous waste safeguards (more details...continued

Catalyzing the oil and gas industry to clean up its act

Posted April 3, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The oil and gas industry leaks a significant amount of natural gas into the atmosphere. Most of this leaked gas is methane, a powerful greenhouse gas pollutant. This leaked gas also represents lost product for the oil and gas industry,...continued

Latest IPCC Report Shows Why New York Must Choose Clean Energy Over Fracking

Posted April 2, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Arriving at the same time as a big-screen film about an epic, world-changing flood described in the Book of Genesis, the almost biblical sweep of gloomy news from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change portrays an unfolding global future of...continued

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

Posted March 28, 2014 by Vignesh Gowrishankar in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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[This post written with David Doniger and Meleah Geertsma.] The White House today released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction.   Methane...continued

More Research and Data Needed on Induced Earthquakes from Oil and Gas Operations

Posted March 25, 2014 by Briana Mordick in Health and the Environment

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In the early evening on March 27, 1964 a magnitude 9.2 earthquake struck beneath Alaska’s Prince William Sound, 75 miles east of Anchorage. The ground shook for over four minutes, triggering landslides and a deadly tsunami that claimed lives as...continued

Dirty fuels shouldn't get a free pass on water pollution compared to renewable energy

Posted March 21, 2014 by Amy Mall in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It should come as no surprise that NRDC supports renewable energy development. Even renewable energy, however, comes with environmental impacts, particularly with projects that are not responsibly sited. So, just like with any other form of energy, NRDC is working...continued

Coast to Coast, Legislation Protecting Communities Gains Momentum

Posted March 21, 2014 by Daniel Raichel in Health and the Environment

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Every day, communities across the country are taking action to protect themselves against the harms of industrial fracking.  These efforts are illustrated by events like the string of successful bans and moratoria that passed as ballot measures in Colorado’s last...continued


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