November 22, 2017

Climate Benefits of Natural Gas May Be Overstated

by Abrahm Lustgarten ProPublica

The United States is poised to bet its energy future on natural gas as a clean, plentiful fuel that can supplant coal and oil. But new research by the Environmental Protection Agency2014and a growing understanding of the pollution associated with the full 201Clife cycle201D of gas … Continue reading

Beyond Fracking: Experts Challenge Safety of Exploratory Wells, Vertical Drilling

by Marie C. Baca, ProPublica

For more than two years, the natural gas drilling debate has focused primarily on the use of hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells. But expert testimony submitted for a government hearing next month challenges long-held assumptions about the safety of deep vertical drilling and exploratory wells, … Continue reading

Beyond Fracking: Experts Challenge Safety of Exploratory Wells, Vertical Drilling

by Marie C. Baca
ProPublica

For more than two years, the natural gas drilling debate has focused primarily on the use of hydraulic fracturing in horizontal wells. But expert testimony submitted for a government hearing next month challenges long-held assumptions about the safety of deep vertical drilling and exploratory wells, … Continue reading

Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not to Drink Their Water

Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not to Drink Their Water
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Sept. 1, 2010, 4:42 p.m.

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 … Continue reading

Information From Gas-Drilling Companies Isn’t Coming Easily

Information From Gas-Drilling Companies Isn’t Coming Easily, Congressmen Say
by Joaquin Sapien, ProPublica, July 20, 2010, 1:55 p.m.

Gas and oil companies have deflected congressional inquiries about whether they are drilling near underground drinking water sources and how they are disposing of the chemical-laden wastewater their operations produce, according to … Continue reading

Investigation Confirms PA Fracking Well Blowout Was Easily Preventable, Potentially Catastrophic

Investigation Confirms Pennsylvania Fracking Well Blowout Was Easily Preventable, Potentially Catastrophic
By Mike Ludwig, t r u t h o u t, Wednesday 14 July 2010

Pennsylvanians are wondering if their state could become the next environmental ground zero after officials confirmed Tuesday that irresponsible drilling practices and a failed … Continue reading

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry

Broad Scope of EPA’s Fracturing Study Raises Ire of Gas Industry
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, April 7, 2010, 7:09 a.m.

A federal study of hydraulic fracturing set to begin this spring is expected to provide the most expansive look yet at how the natural gas drilling process can affect drinking … Continue reading

PA’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills

Pennsylvania’s Gas Wells Booming—But So Are Spills
by Sabrina Shankman, ProPublica, Jan. 27, 2010, 4:08 p.m.

As more gas wells are drilled in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale, more cases of toxic spills are being reported. Earlier this month, Pennsylvania’s environmental officials fined Pennsylvania-based Atlas Resources after a series of violations at … Continue reading

Is NY’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?


Is New York’s Marcellus Shale Too Hot to Handle?

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Nov. 9, 2009, 5:10 a.m.

As New York gears up for a massive expansion of gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale, state officials have made a potentially troubling discovery about the wastewater created by the process: It’s … Continue reading

PA Orders Cabot Oil and Gas to Stop Fracturing in Troubled County

Pennsylvania Orders Cabot Oil and Gas to Stop Fracturing in Troubled County
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Sept. 25, 2009, 12:39 p.m.

After three chemical spills in the past nine days, and following a history of environmental problems over the last year, Pennsylvania officials have ordered Cabot Oil and Gas, one … Continue reading