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Bombshell Study Reveals Methane Emissions Hugely Underestimated

Bombshell Study Reveals Methane Emissions Hugely Underestimated

Published on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 by Common Dreams by Lauren McCauley, staff writer The amount of methane being leaked from natural gas production sites has been hugely underestimated, according to a “bombshell” new study released on Tuesday. In a paper published at Energy & Science Engineering, expert and gas industry consultant Touché Howard argues that a much-heralded 2013 […]

Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?

Can Simply Living Near a Fracking Site Send You to the Hospital?

Published on Thursday, July 16, 2015 by Common Dreams by Nadia Prupis, staff writer People living near “unconventional gas and oil drilling” operations were more likely to be hospitalized for heart, nervous system, and other medical conditions than those who were not in proximity to those sites, a new study published Wednesday has found. It’s the latest—and most comprehensive—indication […]

Fracking Boom Accompanied by Rise of Silent, Deadly Carcinogen in Homes: Study

Fracking Boom Accompanied by Rise of Silent, Deadly Carcinogen in Homes: Study

Published on Thursday, April 09, 2015 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer Researchers in Pennsylvania have discovered that the prevalence of radon, a radioactive and carcinogenic gas, in people’s homes and commercial buildings that are nearer to fracking sites has increased dramatically in the state since the unconventional and controversial gas drilling practice began in the state […]

Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton’s Fracking Ban

Texas-sized Dose of Hypocrisy Served Up To Local Governments Statewide in an Effort to Overturn Denton’s Fracking Ban

Published on the DeSmog Blog Fri, 2015-03-27 15:21 by Julie Dermansky. On March 24, the Texas House of Representatives’ Energy Resources Committee passed a bill that would rescind the fracking ban in Denton and other efforts by local Texas municipalities to protect themselves from the oil and gas industry. Once language in the bill is finalized, which could happen today, the […]

Texas Rattled by 11 Earthquakes in Less Than 48 Hours

Texas Rattled by 11 Earthquakes in Less Than 48 Hours

Published on Wednesday, January 07, 2015 by Common Dreams by Andrea Germanos, staff writer The Irving, Texas area experienced 11 earthquakes between Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting further speculation about the role of fracking in seismic events. The first, a 2.3 magnitude quake, hit around 7:30 AM on Tuesday; the last, a 2.7 magnitude quake, came Wednesday morning around 10. […]

‘Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!’ as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State

‘Biggest Fracking Victory Ever!’ as New York Bans Dangerous Drilling in State

Published on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by Common Dreams by Jon Queally, staff writer It’s official. New York state will ban fracking. After years of lobbying and aggressive public protest by state residents to make permanent a short-term moratorium on the controversial oil and gas drilling practice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo cited harm to public health as the […]

Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

Published Sunday, December 15, 2014 on DeSmogBlog By Steve Horn   The U.S. Senate has voted 89-11 to approve the Defense Authorization Act of 2015, following the December 4 U.S.House of Representatives’ 300-119 up-vote and now awaits President Barack Obama’s signature. The 1,616-page piece of pork barrel legislationcontains a provision — among other controversial measures — to streamline permitting for hydraulic […]

Gas lovers, why do they ignore green jobs?

Gas lovers, why do they ignore green jobs?

One of the many deficiencies in the draft EIS (environmental impact statement)  raised during last night’s FERC meeting regarding the Jordan Cove LNG proposal is that out of 5,048 pages there is no discussion about alternatives.  Other locations for the proposed project must also be considered along with sustainable and less invasive development. Aother alternative the […]

‘Thirsty’ Global Fracking Industry Puts Water, Environment, Communities at Risk

‘Thirsty’ Global Fracking Industry Puts Water, Environment, Communities at Risk

Published on Monday, December 01, 2014 by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Multinational oil and gas companies are moving into increasingly vulnerable countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia where the ecosystems, communities, and authorities are even less able to cope with the impacts of fracking and shale gas extraction, according to a new report […]

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