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Big Surprise: Ohio Earthquakes Definitively Linked to Fracking

Earthquakes in Ohio? Never – before fracking. Then, in March 2014, a swarm of 77 earth tremors were recorded in Ohio between March 4-12, 2014. When a magnitude 3 quake shook up a lot of people in nearby towns, state officials shut the well down – and the quakes stopped.

Still, there was doubt and denial on the part of...
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Fracking Now Associated With Widespread Human Hormone Disruption

Fracking, the process of injecting numerous chemicals and millions of gallons of water deep underground under high pressure to fracture hard rock and release trapped natural gas and oil, is a very controversial method of energy extraction which has been associated with many negative side effects. In the United States, it has been found to cause...
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By Royal Appointment? Queen's Speech Sanctions Fracking on Private Land in U.K.

Fracking, the increasingly controversial method of extracting gas from underground reserves, is now getting a boost from a change in trespassing laws in the United Kingdom.

The 2014 Queen's Speech has announced today that an infrastructure and competitiveness bill will change trespassing laws, allowing shale gas exploration firms to...
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Earthquakes Rock America - Could Fracking Bring The "Big One" Closer?

It's been a shaky 2014 so far across America, with a series of fairly major earthquakes rocking several regions of the continent from North to South.

As Californians were gently shaken from their slumber this morning by a 2.7 magnitude earthquake just after 5:21 AM PST today, we ask whether the "Big One" is looming.
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Fracking Threatens to Drain Water Reserves and Exacerbate Droughts

Yet more adverse side effects of fracking have been identified, as new research indicates that it could threaten water supplies in drought-prone areas.

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas reserves from underground seams, using high pressure water jets which are injected into the ground to fracture shale rocks and...
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Fracking Now Linked to High Levels of Radiation

A recent study investigating the side effects of hydraulic fracturing has found higher than normal levels of radioactivity, along with other contaminants such as salts and metals, in the waters of Blacklick Creek in Western Pennsylvania.

The report, which was published recently in the journal Environmental Science and Technology,...
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Scientific Study Confirms Fracking Causes Earthquakes--But Should We Stop?

Geologists have confirmed that the controversial process of fracturing rock to release trapped oil and gas reserves, otherwise known as 'fracking', can cause earthquakes. The rock is fractured using highly pressurized 'injections' of water, sand and other materials which creates fissures in the rock enabling the extraction of the gas and oil...
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To Frack--Or NOT to Frack

The question is almost Shakespearian: We would hate to give up fracking, since it's making us energy independent. But if this process of injecting water into shale in order to extract natural gas is...
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Fracking Seen from Space

There is so much fracking going on in the US right now that shale mines are burning off enough gas to power all the homes in Chicago and Washington combined, with a method that is freeing us from...
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Can Fracking Water be Cleaned Up?

You may not know it, but you're probably drinking recycled water right now. But water from "Fracking?" The process uses as much water as the entire cities of Chicago or Houston, but can it be made...
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Fracking May Release Radioactive Gas

We've heard good things and bad things about the method of extracting natural gas from shale that's known as "fracking."

Fracking not only uses chemicals that can contaminate...
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Saudi America

America is becoming the new Saudi Arabia, turning from an oil-consuming nation into a power producing nation. When Obama was elected, we were importing almost two-thirds of its oil. That number is down to below almost half and is still falling. What caused this?...
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Does Fracking Cause Asthma?

Asthma used to be mainly an urban problem, but now it's become an epidemic in the countryside--this could be due to Fracking....
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Not So Clean After All

Deep water oil drilling rigs may not be causing obvious leaks (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), but they are leaking dangerous methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane has 25...
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More Evidence That Fracking Causes Quakes

Geologists say that recent earthquakes in Ohio and Oklahoma are directly linked to deep wells that were used to dispose of liquid wastes produced by the hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" of natural gas. At least 177 similar disposal wells are located...
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Fracking Kills Trees

As "fracking," which is the term for drilling for natural gas from the ground, becomes more popular (as oil prices rise), we may see bare landscapes in this country. This process uses LOTS of water, which is becomes contaminated before it is disposed of....
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