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Earthquakes Linked to Fracking Cause Alarm in Ohio

1/13/2012 // By Rachel Neuenfeldt

In a state that has only seen 10 earthquakes larger than a magnitude 4.0 since 1776, large tremors are cause for alarm. Recently, Ohio has seen an increase in quakes linked to hydraulic fracturing that have people questioning the safety […] Read more >

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Climate Capsule: Keeping it Cool and Clean

8/16/2011 // By Amanda Stone

Happy August Recess Climateers! If your office is as quiet as mine take a minute to watch this trailer for an amazing new film on Climate Refugees, and check out the website to find a screening near you. This week’s […] Read more >

Photo: Susan Lehman

Oh Deer! Energy Exploration Could Affect Wildlife Out West

8/10/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Oil and natural gas may be valuable resources out West, but so are the area’s wildlife and outdoor heritage. Increased energy exploration, however, could make certain species much harder to find. Mule deer, pronghorn antelopes, greater sage grouse, raptors and […] Read more >

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Gold Rush or Fool’s Gold?: Congress Discusses the Impacts of Natural Gas Drilling

4/12/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Striking a balance between public health, profit, and the environmental impacts of natural gas drilling is a debate that is drawing national attention. The development of the popular fossil fuel is a major economic gold rush for many states, creating […] Read more >

House and Senate Bills Offer a Breath of Fresh Air from Fossil Fuels

3/24/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate are working to keep air and water clean and protect wildlife habitats and public health from the impacts of oil and gas drilling. Several bills in Congress aim to bring greater transparency to […] Read more >

Otsego County (NY) Gas Group

FRAC Act Focuses on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing

3/16/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is the process of releasing natural gas from the ground. But, to get the gas out, water, sand and other chemicals have to go in. Lawmakers from big gas drilling states want everyone to […] Read more >

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Debate Over Gasland the Movie Hits Mainstream

2/9/2011 // By Megan Blevins

Every day, we check our emails, blackberry and mail to find an overload of information that we don’t need. I’ll make this easy for you—you NEED to hear this (and to make things even easier, click here). A debate has […] Read more >

Fracturing for Frankenfuels

9/21/2010 // By Larry Schweiger

by Larry J. Schweiger I posted this response on National Journal’s blog in response to the question: Should the federal government seek to regulate a controversial extraction method for natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing? Today’s methods make gas drilling […] Read more >

Yep, There’s Something in the Water

2/10/2010 // By Kolleen Kawa

 The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was created to ensure protection of the public’s drinking water supply. BUT, not all processes that introduce pollutants into water are being supervised right now. In fact, since 2005, the process of hydraulic fracturing—used […] Read more >