More proof that fracking is more dangerous than they want you to think


We’re now roughly five years into the surge on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas that has been trapped under shale formations, deep below the earth. The sharp rise in this fairly new type of drilling has overwhelmed states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, formerly coal states where intensive drilling for fossil fuels hadn’t taken place for generations. One important...

Fracking boom already well underway, now Pa. decides to check for lethal radiation


When it comes to fracking — the popular term for the natural-gas drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing — the approach has been to shoot first and ask questions later , even if thousands of innocent civilians are caught in the line of fire. Nobody in America outside of a small circle of oil- and gas-men and some engineers had even heard of fracking in the mid-2000s when...

You might even say it glows: The fracking wastewater edition


You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Water, water everywhere — and not a drop to drink.” But when it comes to the hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater that have been produced in the explosion of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas from Pennsylvania to California, it’s much, much worse than that. Evidence is mounting that the...

No wonder Pennsylvania doesn’t want to talk about fracking anymore


In Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Gov. Tom Corbett gave his annual televised budget address. It was in this setting, two years ago, that the Republican governor famously made his pledge to make Pennsylvania “the Texas of natural gas,” with fracking rigs from border to border, even on college campuses as a way to make up for decreased taxpayer support for higher education. But this year...

Pa. fracking test outrage shows need for leadership


Even though the candidates haven’t discussed it nearly enough, today’s election is going to be critical for the future of the environment…and the future of the planet. On some big-ticket issues such as climate change, the challenges — and the contrasts between America’s two political parties — are fairly obvious. But what voters forget is that day-to-day...

Wall Street, government double down on fracking as evidence mounts it causes serious illness


Some days it seems like the national debate over hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — is taking place in parallel and opposing universes. There’s the world that everyday American citizens live in, where evidence continues to heighten concerns that unregulated natural gas drilling is making folks sick by polluting the water they drink and the air that they breathe...

Frack U.: Drilling comes to campus as America wises up about Big Gas


College kids across the great state of Pennsylvania are about to get an honors-level schooling in the joys and risks of unbridled fracking. The Republican governor of the Keystone State. Tom Corbett, and his legislative allies in the state capital of Harrisburg — after a two-year crusade to cut funding for higher education — have told state universities they can make back some of the...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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