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New genus of bacteria found in fracking wells

Dig deep and there are potentially hundreds of bacteria on Earth that have yet to be discovered or characterized. One recent discovery relates to fracking where a new genus of bacteria has been discovered.

Okla. earthquake forces shutdown of fracking disposal wells

Pawnee - The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has ordered 35 toxic waste disposal wells shut down because they may have played a role in the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that was felt in six states on Saturday.

Feds blame railroad for oil train derailment, spill in Oregon

Portland - Calls for a U.S. ban on shipping oil by train got louder last week after federal investigators put the blame for a June 3 oil train derailment on Union Pacific Railroad.

UK anti-fracking groups to fight on after landmark decision

London - Campaigners in Britain said Tuesday they would take their fight against fracking national after the first scheme since 2011 was given the green light.

Duke study: Fracking has poisoned North Dakota's soil and water

Durham - A study of 3,900 fracking waste-water spill sites in North Dakota has revealed that soil and water contamination is widespread and persistent, endangering the health of humans, wildlife and the environment.

Australian river near fracking site bursts into flames

Chinchilla - In a protest against coal seam gas leaking into South West Queensland's Condamine River, NSW Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham headed to the river and hopped on a boat. Then he sparked a lighter a few inches above the water and the river burst into flames.

Fracking puts 7.9 million people at risk of man-made earthquakes

Oklahoma City - About 7.9 million people are now at risk from man-made earthquakes, especially in parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Arkansas according to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report issued earlier this week.

Public outcry spurs Florida to drop Everglades fracking bill

Florida environmentalists have had a bit of good news after state lawmakers, bowing to public outcry, unexpectedly dropped a bill backed by the oil industry that would have promoted fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades.

EPA report saying fracking is safe doubted by its own scientists

An Environmental Protection Agency report released in June on the impacts of fracking on water quality is now being called into question — by none other than the agency's own scientists.

Canadian regulator: 4.6 magnitude quake caused by fracking

British Columbia's energy regulator has confirmed that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in northeast British Columbia in August was caused by fracking and is likely to be the largest fracking-induced seismic event ever recorded.

Fracking dispute heats up in U.S.

The controversial practice of fracking is at the center of a new health debate in the U.S. This is over whether the practice pose a risk of causing silicosis.

The 'myths' persist over human-caused seismic activity

Human-caused seismic activity creates "induced earthquakes." There are a number of myths surrounding the cause of these Earth tremors, and there are a number of misconceptions, too. One geologist tries to explain what is fact and what is fiction.

Wave Home Solutions is making waves in clean air and water

The world we live in is changing every day, and not all these changes are for the better. Decisions are being made that result in actions which change the way people interact with the planet, and the thing is that not everyone has a say in these changes.

Oil and gas operations dumping hazardous waste into rivers

Scientists have documented two new potentially hazardous contaminants, ammonium and iodide, in oil and gas production wastewater being discharged into rivers and streams in Pennysylvania, from both convential drilling operations and fracking.

Citing health concerns, New York state bans fracking

Albany - New York state's environmental commissioner announced on Wednesday that he will ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, due to health concerns associated with the controversial fossil fuel extraction technique.

Study shows leaking wells, not fracking, causes tainted water

Based on a new study, it wasn't fracking that caused contamination of groundwater in Pennsylvania and Texas. It was leaky pipes and cement casements transporting the methane gas to the surface that caused the tainted water.

Oil companies fracking dangerously close to water sources

According to a new study performed by researches at Stanford University, oil and gas companies are fracking much closer to underground water sources than previously thought.

Op-Ed: Putin uses army to manipulate oil prices

Mariupol - Making him among perhaps the most cynical, if short-sighted, world leaders in history, Russia’s president is attacking and then withdrawing from Ukraine to drive oil prices up.

Op-Ed: Hitler outpolled Putin

Moscow - Much has been reported recently about Russian President Vladimir Putin doing better in polls than President Barack Obama. But Hitler did far better.

Op-Ed: Putin declares war on the Ukraine and McDonalds

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is making the same grave mistake his Soviet predecessors did. He is using the country’s oil exports to finance his bid to restore his country to greatness it never had.

Report finds some fracking using diesel without permit

An investigation by an environmental watchdog group has found that some fracking operations are using diesel fuel without a permit, as required by federal law. Industry groups, and at least one state regulatory agency, dispute the findings.

Op-Ed: Congress and Bureau of Land Management is raping America's lands

The Bureau of Land Management's web site states their mission is “to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of America’s lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." But will our grandchildren have anything left to enjoy

Prime Minister Cameron's home 'fracked' by Greenpeace

British Prime Minister David Cameron had his home "fracked" yesterday as Greenpeace protested future legislation which permits companies to explore for shale gas under private property without permission.

Josh Fox’s ‘Gasland 2’ widely available to buy on DVD (VIDEO)

Josh Fox has released “Gasland 2” — the sequel to his Oscar-nominated documentary exposing the dangers surrounding the controversial method of shale-gas extraction (a.k.a. “hydraulic fracturing”).

U.S. delays Keystone pipeline decision until next year

Washington - Approval of a new pipeline to bring controversial fracked crude oil from Canada to Texas for refining has been delayed for at least a year, U.S. officials announced last week.

Fracking: Methane levels 1000 higher than EPA stats at some wells

West Lafayette - The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Valero admits plans for East Bay refinery to burn tar sands oil

Benicia - Valero Energy Corp. could use a new rail terminal it plans to build at its San Francisco Bay Area refinery to process highly flammable Bakken crude from Montana.

Was March 18 L.A. earthquake man-made?

When the March 18 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles, there were some who immediately wondered if the increase in fracking in the region could have been the cause.

ExxonMobil chief, neighbors sue over fracking concerns

New York - ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson has been a zealous advocate of the US shale boom and the controversial use of "fracking," but not when it hits too close to home.Tillerson and his neighbors are suing to block the construction of a 160-foot-tall...

Exxon Mobil CEO welcomes fracking, but not water tower in his backyard

It's not every day that the chief executive of the largest U.S. energy company joins a lawsuit opposing a new water tower planned in his neighborhood that could support fracking.
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Using a process called hydraulic fracturing or  fracking   toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into...
Using a process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking," toxic chemicals and methane gas seep into our drinking water.
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Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Susan Sarandon hold water from Ray Kemble's kitchen sink.
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House damage in central Oklahoma from the magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Nov. 6, 2011. Research conducted by USGS geophysicist Elizabeth Cochran and her university-based colleagues suggests that this earthquake was induced by injection into deep disposal wells in the Wilzetta North field.
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A fracking operation in progress.
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Sources of contamination caused by fracking.
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Schematic cross-section of the subsurface illustrating types of natural gas deposits. Fracking is used to extract shale gas.
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Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.
Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.
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tanks being stockpiled while the state of NY decides whether they are going to allow fracking in specific areas or not. These are located just outside of Avoca, NY.
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Fire on the water--Jeremy Buckingham explaining about the problems of fracking right after he sparked a lighter and set the methane-infused river water on fire.
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Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla's fracking site, July 2013
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Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakot
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Tower for drilling horizontally into the Marcellus Shale Formation for natural gas, from Pennsylvania Route 87 in southern Upper Fairfield Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Balcombe Camp resident reads newspaper fracking story (28 July 2013)
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The Hallowich family received a settlement of $750 000 from Range Resources Corp. along with a gag o...
The Hallowich family received a settlement of $750,000 from Range Resources Corp. along with a gag order that stops them from ever speaking about hydralic fracturing or fracking in their lifetimes, after their farm and drinking water were badly contaminated by the fracking process.
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State officials have knowingly allowed oil companies to dump toxic waste-water into California's aquifers.
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The EPA has given California two years to clean up its act.
The EPA has given California two years to clean up its act.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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