PA Dept. of Environmental Protection Sues Towns Over Fracking Ban

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has taken legal action against two townships for their laws banning hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” within their communities, claiming that the local charters unlawfully interfere with state oil and gas policies.

A drilling rig is set up near a barn in Springville, Pa., to tap gas from the giant Marcellus Shale gas field. (AP/Alex Brandon)

ELK COUNTY, PA-- With nearly 8,000 active hydraulic fracturing wells, Pennsylvania is one of the most fracked states in the nation – owing to its position above the massive Marcellus gas shale. Years after the fracking boom began, Pennsylvania is now suffering from a slew of problems related to the well-drilling technique that has allowed oil and

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US Fracking Boom Creating Crisis Of Illegal Toxic Dumping

Toxic materials from gas drilling industry creating ‘legacy of radioactivity’.

Industrial waste from fracking sites is leaving a "legacy of radioactivity" across the country as the drilling boom churns out more and more toxic byproducts with little to no oversight of the disposal process, critics warn. According to a new report in Bloomberg Wednesday, the controversial oil and gas drilling process known as hydraulic

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Report: Frackers Leaving Behind Earthquakes In California

A new report warns that if oil companies continue to be granted access to drill for oil in California, the number of earthquakes and the inherent damage they cause will be devastating to Californians.

Offshore Fracking California

A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck near Los Angeles around 6:25 a.m. PDT on Monday, rudely awakening many of the city’s residents and prompting news anchors to dash under the newsdesk for protection while still on the air. Damage from the earthquake to structures and roadways remains minimal, and there haven’t been any reports of injuries. The

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Fears Confirmed: Offshore Fracking A Toxic Mess

Center for Biological Diversity analysis reveals list of toxic chemicals in offshore fracking often dumped with wastewater into ocean.

A offshore oil drilling platform 'Gail' operated by Venoco, Inc. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Offshore hydraulic fracturing operations off the coast of California use highly toxic chemicals that are often released directly into water along the state's coast, the Center for Biological Diversity revealed today, calling on the state's Coastal Commission to halt fracking for oil and gas in state waters. In an analysis sent by letter to the

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Investment In Technology Could Make Fracking Cheaper For Oil Companies

Research outlets are funding studies for technology that would make the fracking process less expensive.

As residents in oil-rich portions of the U.S. battle to keep the fracking industry out of their backyards, research outlets are funding studies for technology that would presumably make the fracking process less expensive for oil operations. The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute are spending $200,000 to create

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Report Nails Obama Administration For Watering Down Limits On Coal Plant Pollution

A report this week slammed the coal industry as the number one source of toxic pollution in American waterways.

Environmental advocates are calling out the White House for attempting to curtail standards that would prevent the coal power industry from continuing to dump hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals into American waterways. A coalition of the nation’s leading environmental organizations released a report this week slamming the coal industry as the

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