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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.

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.
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Protestors arrived on Capitol Hill in summer 2012. Many came from New York and aimed their messages ...
Protestors arrived on Capitol Hill in summer 2012. Many came from New York and aimed their messages at Gov. Cuomo who has to make the decision of whether or not to allow fracking in N.Y.
Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill via foot  train and bus
Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill via foot, train and bus
Protesters opposed to the proposed Keystone XL demonstrate outside the White House in 2011.
Protesters opposed to the proposed Keystone XL demonstrate outside the White House in 2011.
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Fracking protesters.
Fracking protesters.
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Europeans at an anti-fracking protest
Europeans at an anti-fracking protest
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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.
Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla s fracking site  July 2013
Balcombe community blockade Cuadrilla's fracking site, July 2013
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Sean Lennon  Yoko Ono  and Arun Ghandi visit with families impacted by dirty fracking operations in ...
Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Arun Ghandi visit with families impacted by dirty fracking operations in PA.
Artists against Fracking
Schematic cross-section of the subsurface illustrating types of natural gas deposits.  Fracking is u...
Schematic cross-section of the subsurface illustrating types of natural gas deposits. Fracking is used to extract shale gas.
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Coming soon to a field near you? A typical fracking well pad in southwestern Pennsylvania. A Purdue ...
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
People protest against fracking in California, in Los Angeles May 30, 2013
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Activists near Union station prior to the rally
Activists near Union station prior to the rally
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.
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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Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill to protest fracking
Many activists arrived in Capitol Hill to protest fracking
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
Fracking by Haliburton in Bakken.
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Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakot
Fracking the Bakken Formation in North Dakot
Joshua Doubek
Fracking on the Haynesville Shale near Shreveport  Louisiana
Fracking on the Haynesville Shale near Shreveport, Louisiana
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