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Differing views on fracking’s impact

Studies conducted on the counties above the Marcellus and Barnett Shale for example — where extensive drilling has already taken place — present mixed economic results.


Cuomo signals limited NY fracking plan

Regardless of where the Cuomo administration lands on regulation, the governor’s decision to allow any fracking in New York state will feel like a victory to energy companies who have been waiting for years to drill on already-leased land.


Texas Gov. Rick Perry signs fracking disclosure bill

The Texas governor and expected presidential candidate has signed a bill requiring gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.


What the frack is going on? Music video sums it up

Rap and a funky beat meet … hydraulic fracturing? In this music video, you’ll learn a surprising amount about natural gas extraction while busting a move.


Need to Know, February 18, 2011: The universe(s), Egypt’s future and fracking

How many universes are there? Author Brian Greene explains. Plus: A fracking update, a look at what’s next in Egypt and an interview author Parag Khanna.


  ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten on Congress’s fracking report

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten discusses a congressional report on potential violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, following up on a previous investigative report by Need to Know.


  Fracking may violate Safe Drinking Water Act, report says

A controversial process of extracting natural gas may violate the Safe Drinking Water Act, a new congressional report charges. We revisit the story.


Mark Ruffalo a terror threat? Seems not.

Actor Mark Ruffalo has reportedly been placed on a terror advisory list by Pennsylvania officials after publicly criticizing natural gas drilling. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Ruffalo told GQ magazine that the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security put him on such a list after he organized screenings for “Gasland,” an HBO documentary about a […]


Feds warn residents near Wyoming gas drilling sites not to drink their water

The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water, and to use fans and ventilation when showering or washing clothes in order to avoid the risk of an explosion.

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