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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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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Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill via foot, train and bus
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Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla s fracking site  July 2013
Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla's fracking site, July 2013
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Hydrofracking has exposed some Pennsylvania residents to hazardous drinking water.
Hydrofracking has exposed some Pennsylvania residents to hazardous drinking water.
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People protest against fracking in California  in Los Angeles May 30  2013
People protest against fracking in California, in Los Angeles May 30, 2013
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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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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Friends of the earth, Ribble estuary against fracking and residents action on lobbying Labor party conference delegates in Manchester; Sept 30, 2012
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Fracking protesters.
Fracking protesters.
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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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Josh Fix, giving a TEDx talk, in 2010, in West Vancouver, BC, USA
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Shale plays in the United States for fracking.
Shale plays in the United States for fracking.
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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Pennsylvania  USA
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Pennsylvania, USA
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Ann-McEllhinney, FrackNation director
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Anti-fracking demonstration in New York.
Anti-fracking demonstration in New York.
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Sources of contamination caused by fracking.
Sources of contamination caused by fracking.
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