Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

8:00am

Sun April 13, 2014

5:40pm

Thu April 10, 2014
Deep In The Heart Of (A Transforming) Texas

Drilling Frenzy Fuels Sudden Growth In Small Texas Town

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:12 pm

This nighttime NASA satellite image from 2012 shows lights from drilling sites and natural gas flaring along the Eagle Ford Shale.
NASA

South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.

Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.

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5:00am

Fri April 4, 2014
Environment

Catching Up With Former Gov. Bill Ritter On Fracking, Energy Policy

Former Gov. Bill Ritter, now director of the Center for the New Energy Economy (right), with (right to left) lab director Bryan Willson, CSU President Tony Frank and Governor John Hickenlooper.
Colorado State University

4:06pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Oil and Gas

CU Report Estimates Economic Impact Of Statewide Fracking Ban

A drilling rig nestled in the greenspace between developments in Frederick, Colo., Aug. 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

5:13am

Fri March 7, 2014
World

Seeking Energy Independence, Europe Faces Heated Fracking Debate

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Many countries in the European Union are drawn to the benefits of fracking: cheap energy and energy independence. But many Europeans, including these protesters standing outside EU headquarters in Brussels, object to the practice on environmental grounds.
Virginia Mayo AP

While watching the turmoil in Ukraine unfold, you may feel as though it has little to do with the United States, but the conflict is stirring a contentious debate in Europe over a topic familiar to many Americans: fracking.

Much of the continent depends on Russian natural gas that flows through pipelines in Ukraine. European countries are asking themselves whether to follow the U.S. example and drill for shale gas.

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