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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.
In the Media by Russell Chapman - 2 comments

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”).
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant - 9 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

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.
In the Media by Martin Laine

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...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Marice Richter (Reuters)

U.S. exports global warming

While America talks of a greener and cleaner future, exports of dirty fuel into other countries are flooding the markets with cheap, high carbon fuels.
In the Media by Megan Morreale

Op-Ed: Is fracking dangerous to human health? Special

Four states — Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Texas — have confirmed that hydraulic fracturing, also called "fracking," has caused water pollution near oil and gas wells.
Digital Journal Report by Sandy Dechert - 5 comments

Fracking linked to 'unhealthy' chemicals

Water samples collected from natural gas extraction sites in Colorado contain "unhealthy chemicals." A new study has found hormone-disrupting chemicals linked to birth defects, infertility, and cancer.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 8 comments

Op-Ed: Protesters face 10 years in prison for glitter 'oil spill'

Oklahoma City - Four protesters went to jail Friday at the Devon Energy Center over what turned out to be harmless black glitter. The protesters were staging a mock oil spill. Police originally detained 11 people over the incident.
In the Media by Justin King - 6 comments

Native Americans release art to create 12 days of consciousness

Native artists have released a collection of artwork in hopes of creating “12 Days of Consciousness.” The campaign, hosted by honorthetreaties.org, addresses a number of causes dear to the Native American community through the art.
In the Media by Justin King - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Attention focuses on fracking in Colorado votes

Boulder - While the nation may not have been watching at all, it certainly was not paying much attention when industry developed a way to make the U.S. the world’s leading energy producer again.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Global 'Frackdown' protests begin tomorrow

A global protest against the controversial method of retrieving shale oil known as fracking is set to take place. Most of the events are scheduled to take place in the US and Europe, but protests are also scheduled in Australia, South America, and Africa.
In the Media by Justin King - 2 comments

Yoko Ono awarded prestigious German peace prize

Berlin - "For her lasting artistic and peace-promoting political work," Yoko Ono, Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon, has won a prestigious German peace prize — the Theodor Wanner Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Op-Ed: UKIP's most embarrassing MEP

London - UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom has lost the party whip over what has been called a demeaning comment aimed at women. He is the least of the party's problems.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Can people power stop fracking worldwide?

Balcombe - Activists who have descended on the village of Balcombe in South East England have brought a temporary halt to fracking. Can they do this worldwide?
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 11 comments

Pennsylvania family gagged from speaking on fracking (video)

Mount Pleasant - Back in 2011, the Hallowich family sued a major oil and gas drilling company for contaminating their 10-acre farm property and drinking water and for the ensuing illness of the family. A hefty settlement was paid, along with a life-time gag order.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

Sussex police defend Balcombe fracking arrests

Balcombe - The superintendent overseeing the policing operation in West Sussex has defended the arrests of those trying to prevent an oil-exploitation company from exploratory drilling in Balcombe.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck - 1 comment

Fracking: Residents arrested for protecting their community

Balcombe - Residents have been arrested by police in Balcombe today, after trying to stop Cuadrilla from setting up drilling sites in their community.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck - 4 comments

Tax breaks for UK shale-gas production angers opponents

New tax breaks outlined by the British government that will benefit the UK shale-gas industry have been heavily criticised by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
In the Media by Mathew Wace Peck - 2 comments

German brewers warn Merkel against gas ventures/fracking

German industry is being pressured to explore the possibility of extracting the country's natural gas reserves. Beer makers have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel that this could damage Germany's legendary beer industry by polluting the water.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Video: New anti-fracking anthem 'Don't Frack My Mother'

New York - Artists Against Fracking have come up with a new musical video to convince Governor Cuomo of New York State to ensure that the moratorium on fracking passes and continues way past the current two-year mark.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 3 comments

Op-Ed: Fracking in New York State may be blocked until 2015

The New York State Assembly has just voted to extend New York's ban on fracking until 2015. This is good news indeed, but there is still a long way to go.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 4 comments

Alberta asks public for consultations on fracking and water use

Edmonton - In a surprising move, Environment Minister Diana McQueen announced that the Alberta government would engage the public in consultations (February 19 - March 21) province-wide on the controversial hydraulic fracking practice and water use in Alberta.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti - 5 comments

Thousands of environmental activists rally on National Mall Special

Washington - Tens of thousands of climate change activists descended on the National Mall in Washington, DC. People came from numerous U.S. states and Canada to protest various actions relating to energy forms.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 13 comments

Op-Ed: Are economic opportunities created by fracking worth the risks?

Hydraulic fracturing, probably better known as "fracking", is a controversial issue in the U.S. and across the pond. Proponents of this practice often cite economic opportunities as the primary benefits.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 20 comments

Artists Against Fracking 'tweetstorm' targeting Governor Cuomo

Right now, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering lifting a temporary ban on fracking in New York, threatening communities' health, polluting vital water sources and opening up peoples' lands to gas exploration. You can help.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Yoko Ono & 'Artists Against Fracking' visit Pennsylvania

Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, started a petition against fracking in New York. They were then invited to visit communities in Pennsylvania to see the actual impacts and effects of fracking, up close and personal.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments
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Coming soon to a field near you? A typical fracking well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. A Purdue ...
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Coming soon to a field near you? A typical fracking well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. A Purdue and Cornell study found high levels of the greenhouse gas methane above shale gas wells during the drilling stage, a production point not thought to be a significant emissions source
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People protest against fracking in California  in Los Angeles May 30  2013
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People protest against fracking in California, in Los Angeles May 30, 2013
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Josh Fix  giving a TEDx talk  in 2010  in West Vancouver  BC  USA
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Josh Fix, giving a TEDx talk, in 2010, in West Vancouver, BC, USA
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The Hallowich family received a settlement of $750 000 from Range Resources Corp. along with a gag o...
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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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Signs protesting the practice of fracking
Signs protesting the practice of fracking
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Schematic cross-section of the subsurface illustrating types of natural gas deposits.  Fracking is u...
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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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Anti-fracking demonstration in New York.
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Anti-fracking demonstration in New York.
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Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla s fracking site  July 2013
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Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla's fracking site, July 2013
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Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill via foot  train and bus
Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill via foot, train and bus
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Protest group walking towards the U.S. Capitol building during an anti-fracking event in July 2012.
Protest group walking towards the U.S. Capitol building during an anti-fracking event in July 2012.
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tanks being stockpiled while the state of NY decides whether they are going to allow fracking in spe...
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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Balcombe Camp resident reads newspaper fracking story (28 July 2013)
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Balcombe Camp resident reads newspaper fracking story (28 July 2013)
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Protesters opposed to the proposed Keystone XL demonstrate outside the White House in 2011.
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Protesters opposed to the proposed Keystone XL demonstrate outside the White House in 2011.
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Ann-McEllhinney  FrackNation director
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Ann-McEllhinney, FrackNation director
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Fracking protesters.
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Fracking protesters.
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Sean Lennon  Yoko Ono  and Arun Ghandi visit with families impacted by dirty fracking operations in ...
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Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Arun Ghandi visit with families impacted by dirty fracking operations in PA.
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Shale plays in the United States for fracking.
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Shale plays in the United States for fracking.
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