Meter Reading: Emissions Dangers From Fracking Wells, Less Support for Renewables, and More

Emissions Dangers From Fracking WellsChemicals released into the air when natural gas is produced by hydraulic fracturing may pose a health risk to those living nearby, the Colorado School of Public Health said,” according to Businessweek. “Researchers found potentially toxic airborne chemicals near wells in Garfield County, Colorado, during three years of monitoring, the school said today in a statement.”

Poll Finds Less Support for Renewables ”A majority of Americans still view developing alternatives like solar, wind and hydrogen power as more important than increasing production of oil, coal and natural gas, the survey found,” the New York Times reports. “But that majority has narrowed markedly from a year ago, the Pew poll showed.”

Oil Rig Count Up, And So Are Oil Prices ”The number of natural gas drilling rigs active in the United States fell for the 10th consecutive week on Friday, to its lowest level in nearly 10 years, while the amount of oil rigs in action continued a dramatic climb,” the San Antonio Express writes.

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