Read about the environmental and economic issues associated with the controversial natural gas extraction method hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking."
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of shale gas, in this case the Marcellus Shale gas, is more significant than previously thought and likely compels more diligent oversight of the oil and gas industry and its water use.
A Duke University study detected high levels of radioactive elements in a Pennsylvania stream where fracking wastewater is released from a treatment facility, while another shows 280 billion gallons of wastewater produced in 2012. The question: With all this fracking, what do we do with its toxic wastewater?
Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last Friday which will regulate fracking in California as of January 1, 2014. Any way you slice it, this bill means - for now - no moratorium (as environmental groups had hoped) nor unrestricted easy, breezy access to drilling in the Monterey Shale (no doubt on the oil industry's wish list).
The EPA estimates that the annual water requirement for hydraulic fracturing may range from 70 billion to 140 billion gallons (the energy-water nexus in High Definition!). But that's only the start of fracking's water problems!
Should The Golden State allow fracking offshore in the Pacific and atop the Monterey Shale? Impacts are being felt from the Central Valley to Los Angeles; given the earthquakes triggered by injection wells in less seismically active places, there remain concerns about doing so next door to the San Andreas Fault.
To get the scoop on the anti-fracking documentary sequel, Gasland Part II, listen to Ecocentric blog perspectives in this roundtable EcoChat podcast. Topics include the highly anticipated film's position in the fracking debate and its potential impact on the anti-fracking movement.
The farmland sitting on top of the shale is known for producing raisins, nuts, fruits, vegetable and cotton. Given California's rich oil history, oil and agriculture interests have co-existed for a long time, but fracking could pit the two against each other.
The announcement that the health review of fracking in New York State will continue past its deadline has delayed (yet again) the ultimate decision of whether the contentious natural gas extraction process will be permitted in the Empire State.
Is Promised Land a movie about fracking? Or is it a movie about the lengths we're willing to go to to save our small towns? The film asks the question. This review can help you find an answer.
After nearly 30 years building a life outside the tiny town of White Earth, North Dakota, Brenda and Richard Jorgenson's idyllic rural lifestyle took a turn for the nightmarish. Turns out North Dakota's rise to second largest oil producing state has come at a cost to residents.
Amy Hardberger, an assistant professor at St. Mary’s School of Law, talked with us recently about water and energy policy, how the two are linked, the effects of the ongoing US drought and her path as a geologist, attorney, environmentalist and professor.
Despite oil and gas industry rhetoric this presidential campaign year, there can be serious health and environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction. Just ask a farmer whose fields were ruined by gas drilling wastewater.
The NRDC Community Fracking Defense Project has been launched in fives states to provide those concerned about fracking with legal and policy assistance. Could that be your community?
UPDATE: For many Indian farmers their fantastic ride with all-in guar production came to a jarring halt and carried with it financial ruin. This is just another stop in the uncertain world of fossil fuel extraction, one whose economic model is based on the old "boom-bust."
At July’s Stop the Frack Attack in Washington, we met with Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch to get her take on fracking and farming, whether natural gas is actually a bridge fuel and what will happen if Governor Andrew Cuomo approves hydraulic fracturing in New York State.
With all eyes on New York State's rumored upcoming moves on shale-gas hydraulic fracturing (fracking), a recent Washington Post op-ed by New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, and fracking pioneer, George Mitchell, weighed in on the possibility of limited fracking in the state's Southern Tier.