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ALEC Slips Exxon Fracking Loopholes Into New Ohio Law | RSN

Wake up and smell the frack fluid. But don’t ask what’s in it, at least not in Ohio, cause it’s still not your right to know. Ohio is in the final stages of making an Exxon trojan horse on hydrofracking into state law, and it appears that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) connected Exxon’s lawyers with co-sponsors of Ohio ...

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Using shale gas over coal does not help climate, says big gas investor | guardian.co.uk

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership says fracking companies not bothering to capture ‘fugitive methane’ Fiona Harvey, environment correspondent Using shale gas instead of coal does nothing to help the climate, one of the biggest investors in gas has said, because shale gas companies are failing to use simple technology to fix leaks of a potent greenhouse gas. Switching from coal to ...

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Feds Punt on Leadership Over Fracking Rules, Experts Say | Inside Climate News via TruthOut

By Lisa Song, InsideClimate News New BLM rule stands up well next to state regulations, says one scientist. “But unfortunately, that’s because most state regulations are very poor.” Nearly two years after Wyoming became the first state to regulate high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the federal government is finally taking similar steps to supervise oil and gas drilling on public lands. Released ...

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Gas Rush: Fracking in Depth | TruthOut

The controversial gas drilling technique known as “fracking” is quickly changing the landscape in Washington and our own backyards. Last week, Truthout launched a new section called “Gas Rush: Fracking In Depth,” where they try to blog all the groundbreaking coverage of America’s gas boom and the environmental problems caused by fracking. From well blowouts and earthquakes to President Obama’s ...

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Fracking: green groups denounce report approving further exploration | guardian.co.uk

Campaigners reacted angrily on Tuesday to the recommendation by government advisers that “fracking” for shale gas can resume in the UK, despite reassurances that the controversial technique is safe. In a report published today, experts said fracking could resume with stronger controls after it was halted last year following two earthquakes near Blackpool after the drilling of two sites in ...

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Gas ‘fracking’ gets green light | The Guardian

Ministers have been advised to allow the controversial practice of fracking for shale gas to be extended in Britain, despite it causing two earthquakes and the emergence of serious doubts over the safety of the wells that have already been drilled. The advice of the first official British government report into fracking, published on Tuesday, is all but certain to ...

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The Perils of Fracking | Counterpunch

The natural gas industry defends hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, as safe and efficient. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, a pro-industry non-profit organization, claims fracking has been “a widely deployed as safe extraction technique,” dating back to 1949. What he doesn’t say is that until recently energy companies had used low-pressure methods to extract ...

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How the Sierra Club Took Millions From the Natural Gas Industry—and Why It Stopped | TIME.com

The biggest and oldest environmental group in the U.S. finds itself caught on the horns of that dilemma. TIME has learned that between 2007 and 2010 the Sierra Club accepted over $25 million in donations from the gas industry, mostly from Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy—one of the biggest gas drilling companies in the U.S. and a firm heavily ...

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EPA Supplies Drinking Water to Fracking Victims in Pennsylvania | EPA

In yet another case of drinking water contamination in areas where energy companies have engaged in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is supplying clean water to some residents of Dimock Township, Pennsylvania (pop.: 1,398), at taxpayer expense. Apparently concerned that the contamination may be more widespread, EPA will soon begin more ...

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3 Ways Laws Are Stacked to Favor Fracking Companies — And How We Can Change That | AlterNet

The new report, “Impacts of Gas Drilling on Human and Animal Health,” by Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald appeared in New Solutions (Jan. 2012). Bamberger is a practicing veterinarian and Oswald a professor of pharmacology in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. The two spent a year evaluating all available fracking-related reports on sick or dying animals. Secrecy surrounds the ...

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