Read about the environmental and economic issues associated with the controversial natural gas extraction method hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking."
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?
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.