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Thursday, March 17, 2011

The boom in natural gas drilling across the United States has spawned well-warranted fears that the fluids and chemicals used to free the gas from surrounding rock could pose a risk to drinking water supplies that tens of millions depend on.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

On a recent episode of Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show,"  Texas oil and gas executive T. Boone Pickens proudly declared, "I have fracked 3,000 wells in my life.  I have never seen anything damaged."  

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Monday, January 31, 2011

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) commends the important investigation of hydraulic fracturing released today (Jan. 31) by U.S. Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.). Their disturbing findings show that 1) oil and natural gas drilling companies injected more than 32 million gallons of diesel fuel or fluids containing diesel fuel in hydraulically fractured wells in 19 states between 2005 and 2009; and 2) no state and federal regulators have issued the required permits for this use of diesel fuel, an apparent violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Whether it’s from flood, fire or a tornado, there are few more devastating events than losing a home. But it’s hard to equal the shock of having your house suddenly just blow up.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

By Dusty Horwitt, EWG Senior Counsel

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

For a while there, it was just environmental watchdogs like EWG and film makers like Josh Fox (Gasland) and Debra Anderson (Split Estate) talking about the environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing (aka "fracking") to extract natural gas from deep shale deposits.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

WASHINGTON – August 5, 2010. More than 25 conservation and community organizations from across the United States asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a congressional committee to investigate whether natural gas and oil companies broke the law by injecting diesel fuel underground in a controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Hopes for comprehensive legislation to combat climate pollution evaporated Thursday (July 22) after months of wrangling in the Senate. In its place Senate leaders are proposing what is being billed as an “oil-spill only” bill with a few added energy provisions.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Post Gasland premiere screening Q and A with director Josh Fox at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Part 1 of 2.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Post Gasland premiere screening Q and A with director Josh Fox at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Part 2 of 2.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Film director Josh Fox grew up in rural Pennsylvania on the Delaware River, which sits above the natural gas-rich Marcellus shale formation deep underground.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

"Everywhere I went, it was the same story: water trouble, health problems, hazardous explosive conditions - inside the house."

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Josh Fox, director and star of the award-winning new documentary film Gasland, goes on PBS's Now to highlight the threat that natural gas extraction brings to human health and the environment. Fox was inspired to tell this timely story when natural gas drilling came knocking on his door in the Catskills/Poconos region of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Finally, our climate change champions in the U.S. Senate are defending the long-suffering natural gas industry from the latest round of ridiculously burdensome drinking water protections.  From what we hear the Senate’s draft climate bill may call for no regulation of the industry under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  It’s about time.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

If you're in Washington DC tonight (March 16) and want to see a cracking good documentary film on the dangers of natural gas drilling, then head on over to the Carnegie Institution for Science for a free screening of Gasland at 7 pm. The showing is part of the Environmental Film Festival held annually in DC.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

 

If your family got its water from your own well (and a lot of people do), what would you say to someone who wanted to pump a whole grab-bag of chemicals into the ground nearby, including some that are known to be toxic or to cause cancer? Just guessing here, but I suspect you’d send him on his way with a few choice words.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

A bill to establish federal oversight for a controversial oil and natural gas extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing has gained six more House supporters, four of them from New York City, where I testified Oct. 23 about the dangers of "fracing" near sources of drinking water for 8 million New Yorkers and 1 million New Jersey residents.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Drilling for natural gas is a dirty business, as Enviroblog readers know. Dusty Horwitt, Environmental Working Group's Senior Counsel, has worked tirelessly to document the environmental depredations of a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

 

Dusty Horwitt, EWG senior counsel, testifies on gas drilling and fracking before the New York City Council Committee on Environmental Protection Oct. 23, 2009.

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