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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 …

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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 …


When the Oil Wells Run Dry

3/30/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Oil is good to the last drop, and we may see the last drop in our lifetimes. According to a new report by British bank HSBC, the world may only have 50 years of oil left and 176 years of …

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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What the frack? Even 60 Minutes and CSI are concerned about fracking

11/16/2010 // By John Kostyack

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas is hurting people and local economies across the U.S.

October 20, 1944: We Didn’t Start The Fire–Gas Did

10/20/2010 // By Max Greenberg

Today marks the 66th anniversary of a natural gas explosion that killed 131 people, decimating a chunk of Cleveland’s east side and leaving an indelible mark on the state of Ohio—just one in a long line of natural gas and fuel pipeline disasters that have plagued the Midwestern fuel transportation hub and the rest of the U.S.

A Closer Look at Controversial “Fracking” Natural Gas Drilling

3/29/2010 // By Miles Grant

This week’s edition of the PBS program NOW investigates a controversial process to drill for natural gas: In the debate over energy resources, natural gas is often considered a “lesser-of-evils”. While it does release some greenhouse gases, natural gas burns …

“I Don’t Remember. I Can’t Recall”

2/18/2010 // By Larry Schweiger

By Larry J. Schweiger Congressman Joe Barton of Texas has received almost $100,000 for a share in a natural gas well he purchased from longtime campaign supporter Walter Mize. When asked by a reporter, he said he “couldn’t remember precisely …