Posts Tagged 'hydraulic fracturing'

Fracking controversy in South Africa

The fracking controversy has cropped up in Africa, according to a story in the Huffington Post.

The story says South Africa has lifted its moratorium on the hydraulic fracturing method of natural gas extraction, commonly known as “fracking.” The Treasure the Karoo Action Group intends to fight that decision, taking it to South Africa’s highest court if necessary.

Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground, breaking up rock ...

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Environmentalist calls on governor to prevent fracking

Tracy Carluccio deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, recently wrote an opinion piece for the Albany Times Union calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to allow hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in New York.

Cuomo appears poised to approve fracking on a limited scale along the border with Pennsylvania, where the practice is allowed. Fracking involved injecting millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground in order to break up underground ...

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Fracking opponents rally in N.Y.

According to a story in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, opponents of the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” gathered in Albany to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to allow it in the state of New York.

The rally included a coalition of groups opposed to the practice, who marched along the Hudson River for a rally culminating at the state Capitol. Activists scheduled to speak included environmental ...

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New York ready to approve controversial fracking

New York state is poised to legalize the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” making it the “latest flashpoint” in the controversy surrounding the method, CBS reports.

Fracking involves injecting millions of gallons of sand, water and potentially toxic chemicals deep underground, breaking up underground shale deposits and freeing natural gas for collection. It’s controversial because of concerns that the toxic chemicals might pollute the groundwater where ...

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Companies aren’t reporting their fracking operations

According to a Bloomberg report, energy companies aren’t complying with a self-reporting system for fracking.

Amid calls for government regulations mandating disclosure of fracking operations, oil and gas companies established a Website called FracFocus.org on which they pledged to voluntarily list the wells where fracking would take place. The site received funding from oil and gas trade groups and $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy.

But Bloomberg compiled data ...

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Study suggests connection between earthquakes, fracking

A recent study suggests a connection between the natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” and earthquakes, according to the Huffington Post.

The Huffington Post reports that researchers used temporary seismographs to detect earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or higher over a two-year period in a geologic area of Texas called the Barnett Shale.

Study author Cliff Frohlich identified 68 earthquakes in the study area, which was more than eight ...

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