Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

6:10am

Fri January 4, 2013
Energy

Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 9:41 am

Matt Damon's character in the movie Promised Land comes to town to convince a landowner to allow a gas company to drill on his property.
Scott Green Focus Features

There is plenty in the movie Promised Land that will prompt energy industry insiders to roll their eyes. But the overall issues explored in the film, which is being widely released in theaters Friday, are very real.

A process called hydraulic fracturing has led to drilling booms that are transforming rural communities into industrial zones. Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," makes it possible to tap into natural gas reservoirs deep underground. But first, gas companies have to convince landowners to allow them to drill.

The Natural Gas Pitch

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2:18pm

Wed December 19, 2012
Environment

Fort Collins Enacts 7-Month Moratorium On Fracking

Kirk Siegler KUNC

Fort Collins city council members have voted unanimously to halt new oil and gas development—including hydraulic fracturing—for seven months. The move comes as city officials are looking to write long-term rules around the practice, and state rules also appear to be in flux.

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12:27pm

Tue December 18, 2012
Business

COGA Sues Longmont Over Fracking Ban

An oil and gas rig in Longmont, Coloardo
KUNC file photo

Initiative 300, which banned fracking within Longmont city limits, passed in November despite oil and gas companies raising close to a half million dollars toward defeat of the measure. The ban will now face an industry legal challenge.

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8:22am

Wed December 12, 2012
Politics

Energy Hearing Focuses on Setback Distance and Water Quality

KUNC File Photo

Energy regulators in Colorado are examining whether to increase the distance between oil and gas drilling sites and buildings such as schools and homes.

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9:03am

Tue December 11, 2012
Planet Money

NYT Excerpt: Is Fracking A Blessing Or A Curse?

David Zalubowski ASSOCIATED PRESS

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