Read about the environmental and economic issues associated with the controversial natural gas extraction method hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking."
California is a major agricultural state. California is also a major oil-producing state. And never the twain shall meet, right? Not quite, and the use of recycled oil field wastewater as irrigation water for food crops has raised concerns about their coexistence.
2014 wrapped up with generally bad news - for the oil and gas industry! The Keystone XL pipeline remains a pipedream, oil prices have dropped and New York officially banned fracking. Let's take a look at each of these issues and see how things may play out in 2015.
Vice President Joe Biden (in)famously said that New York's LaGuardia Airport is in shambles. Imagine then the decrepit state of the less seen US infrastructure like the electrical grid, food distribution networks or clean water systems? Is it time for voters to make infrastructure a priority?
It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil waste injection sites and a review of over 100 others in the Central Valley for fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids into drinking water aquifers.
What happens to the residents in southwestern Pennsylvania's biggest coalfields when fracking comes to town? Ask Patrick Grenter and Veronica Coptis of the Center for Coalfield Justice to find out about their fight for local communities against the problems caused by the fossil industry.
On May 20th, the Los Angeles Times reported that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has slashed the amount of barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale considered "recoverable" using current technology - by 96 percent. Is there a stronger word than "slash?" Let's put it this way: It's a pretty spectacular statistical fail.
This episode's theme: where goes our energy future? America Ferrera checks out renewable energy supporters and climate change critic James Taylor of the Heartland Institute. Mark Bittman is back for another investigation, this one on fracking and its impact on our atmosphere.
Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.
We here at Ecocentric love water. (How could you not?) We also love energy. On World Water Day 2014, when the theme of water and energy come together, it's double love.
This week's hero in our "Know Your Waterkeeper" series is Gary Wockner of Poudre Waterkeeper. Gary saves rivers, fights frackers and climate change and loves endangered species and democracy. We like all those things too and we think Gary makes an excellent hero!
The next hero in our Know Your Waterkeeper series is Krissy Kasserman of Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. Here, Kasserman talks about growing up in the Appalachians, the impacts of fracking in Marcellus Shale country and the 12-foot suit of armor she saw on the river bank.
The next installment of Our Heroes: "Know Your Waterkeeper" is with Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay. Find out what his oddest moment as a Riverkeeper has been. [HINT: it involves a tattoo!]
The nexus is a big concept, with big implications for us and our planet. Here, nexus expert Kyle Rabin answers the four most commonly asked questions about the food, water and energy nexus.
Requiring about 5 million gallons of fluid (mostly water) per well, it's clear that the water intensity of Marcellus Shale gas is more significant than first thought and likely compels more 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?