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Matt Damon’s Fracking Movie Depicts Gas Companies as Liars

You won’t find any resolution about fracking in Promised Land, Matt Damon’s movie that went nationwide this weekend. But you will find condemnation, a very surprising plot twist and one egregious science scene. The timing couldn’t be better. New York State, the front lines in the political battle over whether to vastly expand the hydraulic [...]

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Fracking’s Biggest Problem May Be What to Do with Wastewater

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Of all the troubles with fracking, the biggest—and growing—challenge seems to be what to do with all those millions of gallons of water contaminated with frack chemicals, leached minerals and salts. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling sideways into subterranean shale and blasting it open with millions of gallons of water to [...]

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Fracking Could Work If Industry Would Come Clean

VANCOUVER—Resistance to hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. has risen steadily in recent months. Citizens and politicians are worried that fracking deep shales to extract natural gas can contaminate groundwater, trigger earthquakes and release methane, the potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. But a panel of experts not tied to industry told a large audience at [...]

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The Shale Boom is Big and Good (Bad) for the Economy

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Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and its level of oil imports to a new reality where domestic oil and gas production are up and imports are down. And, while [...]

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Understanding Eagle Ford shale’s impact on air quality

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This morning, the Weather Channel, InsideClimate News, and the Center for Public Integrity released a documentary on the air quality impacts oil and gas development in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale. They also released a series of infographics on sources of air emissions during development, including the following:   According to a new documentary, the air quality impacts [...]

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Technically speaking – 10% of world crude, 32% of natural gas are sitting in shale

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“Technically recoverable resources” – three words that refer to the amount of crude oil and natural gas that can be extracted from the ground using today’s technologies. No future innovations needed. The magnitude of this value with respect to shale gas formations was the focus of a major report released last week by the U.S. [...]

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Guest Post: Export Shale Revolution Rather than Gas

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By Kevin Jianjun Tu and David Livingston The so-called shale revolution is re-drawing the energy landscape in the United States and beyond. While the Obama administration is still trying to craft a strategy to manage this energy windfall, more than twenty liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications are awaiting approval to ship U.S. gas abroad. [...]

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U.S. Poised For Energy Self-Sufficiency

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Before the close of the decade, the United States could become the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), increasing domestic production combined with domestic energy efficiency could leave the country “all but [energy] self-sufficient.” The U.S. could even become a net oil exporter by 2030, shifting [...]

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Guest Post: Shale Gas – The Low Carbon Option?

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It may be surprising to hear that hydraulic fracturing is not the cause of water contamination, but what may be even more surprising is that shale gas produced using fracking may have lower life cycle greenhouse gas emissions than conventional gas. According to a recent Environmental Science and Technology report, “shale gas life-cycle [greenhouse gas] [...]

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Guest Post: Water Contamination – Fracking is not the problem

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With the current negative attention and controversy surrounding shale gas drilling, the words ‘hydraulic fracturing’ or ‘fracking’ have become synonymous with something else: water contamination. But according to recent research out of MIT, the contamination of drinking water near natural gas wells is caused by something totally different. In fact, fracking has nothing to do [...]

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