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Chesapeake Fracking Well Fire in Oklahoma

Fracking has suffered some particularly bad PR over the past few months. First, the EPA linked the hydraulic fracturing drilling process (where a mix of water, sand and chemicals are blasted deep underground through horizontal wells to release oil and gas deposits) to contamination of water in Wyoming. Then, on New Year’s Eve an intense […]

What You Need to Know About Earthquakes and Fracking

After a 4.0 earthquake struck Youngstown, Ohio Saturday, some people were scratching their heads and asking, did hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”) cause this? After all, it was the eleventh quake since March, and the most intense. On top of that, all of the quakes have been centered around a deep well used to dispose of […]

What We Know About Fracking Activity and the Ohio Earthquake

What happened with the earthquake in Ohio over the weekend, and how is it linked to fracking? Here’s what we know: The earthquake measured 4.0, the largest in Ohio this year. The New York Times is reporting that Ohio officials say the earthquake wasn’t caused by fracking, but rather by injection wells disposing of used […]

Fracking Company Goes on the Offensive Against EPA Contamination Report

The company behind a fracking well in Wyoming that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says may have contaminated water sources held a conference call today. Encana, the company that owns the drilling operation, faulted the EPA’s methodology and objectives. The call provided a good indication of how the company, and perhaps the fracking industry at […]

Rick Perry on Fracking Contamination: “Bring Me the Evidence”

A few weeks after the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report that found a link between hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and water contamination in Wyoming, the Texas governor is weighing in on the topic. Not that he necessarily intended to do so. As KUT’s Ben Philpott reports, at the final stop of the day on […]

New Interactive App on Fracking in Pennsylvania

Our partners at StateImpact Pennsylvania have developed a new app that allows you to explore the rapidly growing world of drilling there. The interactive map shows who’s drilling where and allows you to see if drillers have been cited for violations of state environmental laws and regulations. The data from the app shows that there are 52 […]