Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

5:59pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Business

Noble Energy To Invest Billions In Weld County Oil And Gas Boom

Governor John Hickenlooper and Noble CEO Chuck Davidson officially open the company's Northern Colorado Operations Center.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Houston based gas firm Noble Energy has formally opened its Northern Colorado Headquarters. The building signals the latest expansion amid the drilling boom taking place across the region, and another financial windfall for Weld County.

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1:29pm

Tue May 22, 2012
Environment

Fracking Opponents Descend on Downtown Denver

Kids posing with anti-fracking shirts outside Republic Plaza in downtown Denver.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

The ongoing debate over fracking took another turn locally Tuesday when a group of northern Colorado moms opposed to the process took their case directly to an oil company that plans to drill near schools and homes.

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3:55pm

Thu May 17, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Pennsylvania Doctors Worry Over Fracking 'Gag Rule'

Originally published on Thu May 17, 2012 5:30 pm

Plastic surgeon Amy Pare says it's important for doctors to know what kind of substances patients she's treating might have been exposed to.
Susan Philips WHYY

From WHYY

A new law in Pennsylvania has doctors nervous.

The law grants physicians access to information about trade-secret chemicals used in natural gas drilling. Doctors say they need to know what's in those formulas in order to treat patients who may have been exposed to the chemicals.

But the new law also says that doctors can't tell anyone else — not even other doctors — what's in those formulas. It's being called the "doctor gag rule."

'I Don't Know If It's Due To Exposure'

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1:24am

Thu May 17, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Fracking's Methane Trail: A Detective Story

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 7:36 am

A natural gas drilling rig's lights shimmer in the evening light near Silt, Colo.
David Gilkey NPR

Gaby Petron didn't set out to challenge industry and government assumptions about how much pollution comes from natural gas drilling.

She was just doing what she always does as an air pollution data sleuth for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I look for a story in the data," says Petron. "You give me a data set, I will study it back and forth and left and right for weeks, and I will find something to tell about it."

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12:41pm

Wed May 16, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Town's Effort To Link Fracking And Illness Falls Short

Originally published on Thu May 24, 2012 9:35 am

NPR

Quite a few of the 225 people who live in Dish, Texas, think the nation's natural gas boom is making them sick.

They blame the chemicals used in gas production for health problems ranging from nosebleeds to cancer.

And the mayor of Dish, Bill Sciscoe, has a message for people who live in places where gas drilling is about to start: "Run. Run as fast as you can. Grab up your family and your belongings, and get out."

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