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Amount of water used for fracking has reached a 'tipping point'

As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry's use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces.

Quebec to ban shale fracking, limit oil-and-gas exploration

The Quebec government will ban fracking for shale gas and impose stricter rules when it comes to the exploration, extraction, and storage of oil and gas.

Scientists create AI system to detect and locate earthquakes

The state of Oklahoma has seen a rise in the number of earthquakes, many of them believed to be caused by the fracking boom. Before 2009, earthquakes above magnitude 3.0 in the state went from fewer than three a year to as many as 903 in 2015.

Does fracking adversely impact on drinking water?

New research suggests a negative impact of hydraulic fracturing, intended to extract gas and oil, upon streams, plus downstream recreation water and drinking water. The research has been led by the University of Central Arkansas.

Has U.S. fracking destroyed Canada's oil and gas industry?

The fracking boom in the U.S. has helped to increase oil exports and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. However, an unforeseen consequence of America's drive to be an energy leader has hurt our neighbor to the North.

Trump administration moves to repeal fracking regulations

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has gone ahead with its proposal to rescind the 2015 final rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands. The proposal was published July 25 in the Federal Register.

Ireland joins three other EU nations in banning fracking

Ireland is now set to ban fracking after its Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that outlawed the controversial practice. Ireland now joins three other European Union countries - France, Germany, and Bulgaria - to ban fracking on land.

Fracking comes to Alaska, triggering new oil boom

Prudhoe Bay - The Arctic region hold great allure for global oil companies, despite opposition from green groups and Obama's 2016 ban on drilling in federal Arctic waters. However, over the past year, huge oil reserves have been found on Alaska's North Slope.

Geothermal energy — How we harness this energy source (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our look into the Earth's heat energy as a renewable energy source, we discovered this heat has been used for millennia to bathe us and in creating mechanical power. Let's look at the ways we are extracting this energy for electricity.

Geothermal energy — An under-exploited energy source (Part 1)

In our search for clean, cost-effective sources of renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change, one source of that energy has been right under our feet all along — Geothermal energy is not only clean and sustainable, but it is eco-friendl

Op-Ed: Election hacking report objects to Russian critique of fracking

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has a substantial section in its report on 2016 U.S. election hacking by Russia that focuses upon the Russian govenrment-funded channel RT as overtly anti-American.

EPA agrees that fracking has a potential impact on drinking water

Weeks away from getting a new chief who is fracking-friendly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally released its final report on the threat posed to our drinking water by fracking.

Groundbreaking study shows link to fracking and earthquakes

Fox Creek - In a University of Calgary study of earthquakes west of Fox Creek, Alberta, the geoscientists discovered a link between fracturing, or fracking, and earthquakes in the region.

Controversial new fracking to go ahead in U.K.

The path is clear for fracking to go ahead in the U.K. after the British government upheld a fracking appeal in what is being heralded as a landmark ruling, paving the way for shale gas extraction.

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.
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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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A fracking operation in progress.
A fracking operation in progress.
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Europeans at an anti-fracking protest
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Ann-McEllhinney, FrackNation director
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North American shale gas basins.
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State officials have knowingly allowed oil companies to dump toxic waste-water into California's aquifers.
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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Pennsylvania, USA
Anti-fracking protesters in New York City  August 2012.
Anti-fracking protesters in New York City, August 2012.
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Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Nancy Lauer and Jennifer Harkness sample water and soil.
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Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla's fracking site, July 2013
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Balcombe Camp resident reads newspaper fracking story (28 July 2013)
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Annual shale gas (A), tight oil (C), and FP water (B and D) productions in shale gas–producing regions (A and B) and oil-producing regions (C and D). Whiskers on the bar graphs represent 95% bootstrap confidence intervals
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Fracking on the Haynesville Shale near Shreveport, Louisiana
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Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.
Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.
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