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Halliburton Loophole

"Father of Fracking"
George Mitchell
concerns over environmental
impacts of fracking

History of Fracking
Only a new technology

USA Fracking Stories

A Texan tragedy

Gas injection may have triggered earthquakes in Texas

California Lags in Fracking Regulations

All In for California Water

Fracking in Michigan

Fracking in Michigan Potential Impact on Health, Environment, Economy

Hydraulic fracturing of Marcellus Shale

Methane Gas from Marcellus Shale Drilling

Marcellus Shale Gas Economics

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Pennsylvania Fracking

Fracking in Virginia

Lesson From Wyoming Fracking

Water Pollution from Fracking

Hydraulic Fracturing Poses Substantial Water Pollution Risks

Methane in drinking water wells

Abandoned gas wells leak

Natural Gas Leaks Discovered in Boston

Methane Leaks Under Streets of Boston

Methane leaks make fracking dirty

Fracking effects real estate values

Fracking stimulates earthquakes

Protecting Gas Pipelines From Earthquakes

Gas Pipeline Earthquake - Simulations

America's crumbling pipelines

Averting Pipeline Failures

Dangers to Underground Pipelines

Gas Pipelines Could Serve as Wireless Links

Government Action needed on a National Energy Policy

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study

Solar Booster Shot for Natural Gas Power Plants

Natural Gas Pricing Reform to Facilitate Carbon Tax Policy

Investing in fracking

What Oil Prices Have in Store?

Methane Out, Carbon Dioxide In

Health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling

Professor Ingraffea

Anti-Fracking Billboard

Natural Gas Drilling

Threats to Biodiversity

Pronghorn Migration
hindered by gas development

Microbes in a Fracking Site

Protozoa May Hold Key to World Water Safety

Shale Gas Production

Research into the Fracking Controversy

Convert Methane Into Useful Chemicals

Methane Natural Gas Into Diesel

'Natural Gas' at the molecular level

Arctic Methane risks

Arctic Methane Seeps

Great Gas Hydrate Escape

Undersea Methane Seep Ecosystem

Methane in the Atmosphere of Early Earth

Methane Natural Gas Linked to Climate Change

Cutting Methane Pollutants Would Slow Sea Level Rise

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Shale Gas

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling, UT Arlington
A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites, according to a team of researchers at UT Arlington.

New Projects in Oil and Gas Database May Surpass 2012's Total
Sugar Land, Texas - 23 August, 2013 - "The shale gas/hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") revolution in North America has injected new life into the oil and gas industry, especially in midstream infrastructure. So far this year, the new project count stands at more than 970, putting Industrial Info on track to surpass last year's growth," said Industrial Info Resources who maintain an industry database.

LCRA votes to cut off water to rice farmers
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Board of Directors, on an 8-7 vote Tuesday, 20 November 2013, agreed to ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to approve an emergency drought request that would cut off Highland Lakes water to most rice farmers in 2014 if the combined storage of lakes Buchanan and Travis is less than 1.1 million acre feet on March 1 next year.

If TCEQ approves the emergency request as expected, it will represent the third year in a row many rice farmers have been denied irrigation allotments or limited to partial deliveries, a development that has financially stressed many rice operations and has caused serious economic problems for rural communities in Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado counties.

Small Texan Communities Dry Up as Fracking Industry Takes Water
12 August 2013 - OilPrice - What some ranchers may not know when they agree to sell drilling leases to energy companies, granting them permission to drill and frack on their land, is that in some cases they are reaping the seeds of their own destruction.

The problem is that the huge water demand of the fracking industry has put wells and water aquifers in Texas under a lot of pressure, and the recent heat waves and droughts have proven too much, causing some to dry up fully.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has stated that around 30 communities in the Lone Star State may actually run out of water by the end of the year, not something that people would expect from a first world country.

Locals started to really notice the lack of water when frackers started turning up in the area around two years ago. Unable to find access to sufficient levels of water ranchers were slowly forced to cut their herds in size, and cotton farmers saw their crops dwindle as they were unable to water the fields.


A Texan tragedy: ample oil, no water - The Guardian
12 August 2013 - Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty

Nearly 15 million people are living under some form of water rationing, barred from freely sprinkling their lawns or refilling their swimming pools. In Barnhart's case, the well appears to have run dry because the water was being extracted for shale gas fracking.

Texas Groundwater Levels Suffer Sharp Drop, Study Finds
May 7, 2013 - Texas Tribune - Groundwater levels in Texas’ major aquifers dropped considerably between 2010 and 2011, as the state's drought intensified, according to a report published recently by the Texas Water Development Board.

The report showed significant declines in the Ogallala Aquifer, which underlies much of the Panhandle.

The water board monitors 26 wells in the Ogallala, and water levels dropped in all but one during the 2010-11 period.

The average drop was 3.5 feet, with a median decline of 1.8 feet.

In South Texas’ Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, median water levels of the monitor wells dropped by 4.4 feet in 2010-11, with average declines of 17.1 feet.

In discussing the Carrizo-Wilcox, the water board noted:

“Irrigation pumpage during the drought has increased substantially in the Wintergarden area of [south-central] Texas, particularly Zavala, Wilson, and Atascosa counties. Pumping of groundwater has also increased to support oil and gas exploration and production activities related to the Eagle Ford Shale.”




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