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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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More drinking water contamination linked to the oil and gas industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

Posted February 5, 2016 by Amy Mall

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Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. The larger study tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in the north Texas Barnett Shale region over a three-year period and found that...continued

More evidence that oil and gas industry overstates job creation

Posted February 2, 2016 by Amy Mall

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I've blogged several times in the past about how the oil and gas industry and its political allies grossly overstate the number of jobs it creates. A new report out from Pennsylvania confirms this is still happening. According to PennLive,...continued

"Fracking Brings Steep Drops in Home Values in Some Neighborhoods"

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amy Mall

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A new peer-reviewed study published in the American Economic Review has found that Pennsylvania homes located in areas using well water saw home prices drop by an average of $30,1676 when shale gas drilling occurred within a distance of 1.5...continued

Tell the BLM to cancel oil and gas leases in roadless areas of the White River National Forest

Posted December 29, 2015 by Amy Mall

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For years, NRDC has been working with local partners to protect pristine roadless areas in national forests, including those in the White River National Forest in Colorado. The White River National Forest is an iconic Colorado treasure. Its stunning mountains...continued

Tell the National Park Service to stop oil exploration in the home of the endangered Florida panther

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amy Mall

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This blog post was authored by Staff Attorney Alison Kelly: This past summer, the National Park Service received tens of thousands of public comments asking it to reject an oil company's proposal for oil exploration in Florida's Big Cypress National...continued

New York State's Fracking Ban is Official

Posted June 29, 2015 by Kate Sinding

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It's official! New York State has taken the historic step of banning high-volume fracking throughout the state. I know, you may have thought that had happened back in December. In fact, while Governor Cuomo - through his Commissioners of Environmental...continued

New Rules for Fracking on Public Lands Fall Short

Posted March 20, 2015 by Amy Mall

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This blog post is co-authored with Matthew McFeeley and Briana Mordick The Obama administration's Bureau of Land Management (a division of the Department of the Interior) today released new rules for fracking ("hydraulic fracturing") on public and tribal lands. The...continued

Federal fracking rules imminent--clean water, wild places must trump oil & gas industry interests

Posted March 11, 2015 by Amy Mall

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In late February, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell said that publication of the Bureau of Land Management's new rules for fracking on the nation's public lands would be "soon." Such rules are long overdue -- its been decades since...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

New poll: New Yorkers overwhelming support fracking moratorium - and clean energy

Posted October 7, 2014 by Kate Sinding

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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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