A new study by the University of Texas at Arlington has found higher concentrations of heavy metals in ground water near natural gas wells.
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France outlawed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in 2011, yet companies are being granted licenses for fracking – as long as the fractures will be used for geothermal energy. Do the risks of fracking evaporate when it’s used for sustainable energy?
This groovy little video does a good job of explaining what is going on during hydraulic fracturing and why it’s such a concern to so many.
When the town of Longmont, Colorado banned hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and the storage of fracking waste within their city limits, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, an industry group, filed suit.
South Africa lifted a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing last week and shale gas exploration will soon begin in the arid Karoo region. Worries about the water supply in the Karoo were voiced by several groups, prompting Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu to promise that any threat to water in South Africa result in a shutdown of fracking.
A study from the University of Texas found a correlation between injection wells – wells used to dispose of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing – and clusters of small earthquakes.
A new report by researchers at Duke University found that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing can migrate thousands of feet through natural fractures.
The drinking water in Dimock, Pennsylvania has been found to be safe, according to the EPA. This latest finding indicates that fracking is not the source of the contaminants in the area’s well water.
The Czech Republic is considering a moratorium on fracking. The moratorium would last two years and would give the Czech environmental ministry time to determine what regulations should be in place for gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.
Today the U.S. Department of the Interior released draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking. The new rule covers federal lands and Indian lands.
A new study from Durham University recommends hydraulic fracturing operations maintain a minimum distance of 600 meters from ground water and other sensitive rock strata.
A government-appointed panel said fracking should resume in the UK, despite evidence that it is causing earthquakes. The panel has established guidelines for fracking and recommended that fracking should shut down immediately once an earthquake happens.