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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 […] Read more >

What If There Be No Goose Music?

6/20/2011 // By Larry Schweiger

Aldo Leopold shared his concern for the future of his children in his renowned essay “Goose Music,” which first appeared in his classic book A Sand County Almanac: “I hope to leave them good health, an education, and possibly even […] 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 >

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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 […] 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 >