Hydraulic Fracturing in the News

by Ben Somberg | June 22, 2010

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is getting more and more attention. Here's some of the reporting out this week.

Regulating Hydraulic Fracturing -- Can/Will States do the Job?

by Ben Somberg | January 07, 2010
A few months ago Rena Steinzor wrote skeptically here about state (as opposed to federal) regulation of hydraulic fracturing: ... the idea that after doing all this research, EPA should stand back and let the gas-producing states take the lead, stepping in only after much more delay, would amount to a rollback of environmental protection to the dark days of the 1950s and 1960s, before modern environmentalism and federal regulation began. Last week ProPublica had a useful article on a ...

Forgive the Obvious, But: Not All Hydraulic Fracturing is Created Equal

by Ben Somberg | December 14, 2009
In this morning's "Underused Drilling Practices Could Avoid Pollution," ProPublica has more important reporting on hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting chemicals at high pressure under deep rock to extract natural gas. Reports Abrahm Lustgarten: Energy companies have figured out how to drill wells with fewer toxic chemicals, enclose wastewater so it can't contaminate streams and groundwater, and sharply curb emissions from everything from truck traffic to leaky gas well valves. ... Yet these environmental safeguards are used only intermittently ...

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