1:55 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

EPA To Conduct Fracking Study in Texas

The EPA will study water quality around the Barnett Shale starting this summer.
Graphic courtesy the EPA

The North Texas Barnett Shale has been added to an Environmental Protection Agency study. The congressionally mandated report will look into potential affects of hydraulic fracturing on water resources.

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11:51 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Texas Drought Threatens Fracking Boom For South Texas Towns

Texas is in the midst of the third worst drought on record, which is a problem for water-intensive industries like hydraulic fracturing.
Photo by dasroofless

The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to remove oil and gas from beneath shale rock has faced environmental criticism for generating loud noise, stamping a foot print in the wilderness, and pumping large amounts of undisclosed chemicals deep into the earth. Now the practice being used to unlock vast reserves of domestic energy is coming under fire for another reason: the amount of water it uses.

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10:55 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Senate Leader Says He Was “Not Even Aware” Of Fracking Bill

State Sen. Troy Fraser
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A bill that would require natural gas drillers to disclose the mix of chemicals they use in a controversial process called hydraulic fracturing has apparently gone under the radar of the state senator in charge of overseeing the industry.

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2:10 pm
Mon May 9, 2011

UT Team To Probe Environmental Consequences Of "Fracking"

Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin will investigate the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking", a process used to extract natural gas from shale rock. Fracking has become a widespread practice in the United States and Texas for extracting vast reserves of domestic energy, but it is also the subject of fierce criticism from environmentalists who say it pollutes ground water and air.

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3:41 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Report: "Fracking" Harms Climate More Than Coal

A coal power plant in West Virginia. A new study says hydraulic fracturing, a method used to extract natural gas, is more harmful than coal energy because of the large amounts of methane gas it emits.
Photo by Wigwam Jones

Cornell University researchers are about to publish scientific evidence that a controversial method to drill for natural gas used in Texas and elsewhere is more damaging to the environment than using coal for energy production, reports The Hill.

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