July 30, 2014

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said

Water Problems From Drilling Are More Frequent Than PA Officials Said
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 31, 2009, 11:29 a.m.

When methane began bubbling out of kitchen taps near a gas drilling site in Pennsylvania last winter, a state regulator described the problem as “an anomaly.” But at the time … Continue reading

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data

Energy Industry Sways Congress With Misleading Data
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, July 8, 2009, 4:55 a.m.

The two key arguments that the oil and gas industry is using to fight federal regulation of the natural gas drilling process called hydraulic fracturing — that the costs would cripple their business and … Continue reading

Natural Gas Politics

Natural Gas Politics
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, May 26, 2009, 8:14 a.m.

Four years after Vice President Dick Cheney spearheaded a massive energy bill that exempted natural gas drilling from federal clean water laws, Congress is having second thoughts about the environmental dangers posed by the burgeoning industry.

With growing … Continue reading

Clean Natural Gas? Not in My Backyard

Clean Natural Gas? Not in My Backyard
by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, Feb. 27, 2009, 12:52 p.m.

Got bubbles? Alarms have been ringing for months about the risk that natural gas drilling poses to drinking water supplies, but recent reports of water contamination just a few hours away have prompted representatives … Continue reading

Buried Secrets: Is Natural Gas Drilling Endangering U.S. Water Supplies?

Abrahm Lustgarten
ProPublica, Nov. 13, 2008, 1 p.m

In July, a hydrologist dropped a plastic sampling pipe 300 feet down a water well in rural Sublette County, Wyo., and pulled up a load of brown oily water with a foul smell. Tests showed it contained benzene, a chemical believed to … Continue reading