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

Posted December 18, 2014 by Kate Sinding in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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 in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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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

Illinois fracking rules update 3: state unveils the final rule

Posted November 14, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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The final draft of the fracking regulations that was approved but not revealed last week has finally been made available to the public.  The product reflects heavy wear and tear from industry’s crusade in recent months to reverse progress by...continued

Consumers Demand Better Practices from Natural Gas Producers

Posted November 12, 2014 by Briana Mordick in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Natural gas extraction practices present a broad range of environmental risks, including to air, water, land, community character, and public health. Although the full measure of those risks remains a subject of evolving science, many practices and technologies do currently...continued

Illinois fracking rules update 2: state scraps public process in secret backroom deal with industry

Posted November 7, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The long process of developing regulations implementing the Illinois fracking legislation is finally over.  The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules on Thursday voted 11-1 to approve a revised version of the rules.  We would love to show you exactly what’s...continued

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