In The News
Gaps in Fracking Knowledge Could Hinder Sustainable Future
September 25, 2015 – Research & Development
Though applied since the 1940s, hydraulic fracturing boomed in the 1990s, according to The Geological Society of America. New technology allowed the practice to be applied to horizontal wells for extracting shale gas. Unprecedented growth followed. According to a 2014 report by FracTracker Alliance, over 1.1 million active oil and gas wells exist in the U.S. Read more
Ein Mitstreiter aus den USA?
August 26, 2015 – Rotenburger Neue Presse
Interview with colleague, Max Gruenig of Ecologic Institute US, regarding the collaborative Our Energy Solutions project. Read more
Company continues to mine sand in critical dune area along Lake Michigan
August 11, 2015 – Michigan Radio
Since the 1930s, Sargent Sand Company has held a permit to mine sand from its property that’s surrounded by Ludington State Park. For years, the 400 acre mine was dormant as the company negotiated to sell its land to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. That sale fell through. Last year, the mine cranked back up again, and the neighbors aren’t too happy about it. Read more
July 16, 2015 – Down To Earth
The US is seeing a shale gas revolution. Domestic gas prices are historically low and the US is on the verge of exporting it. Chandra Bhushan decodes the pros and cons of the gas boom. Read more
Umweltaktivist Andreas Rathjens erkundet Bohrstellen mit US-Organisationen
July 10, 2015 – Kreiszeitung.de
Andreas Rathjens is a local supporter of the Citizens’ Initiative Clean Drinking Water and fights fracking in Germany. Together with representatives of US organizations, FracTracker Alliance and Ecologic Institute, which deal with the practices of the gas and oil production, he led a tour of the Südkreis Rotenburg. Read more
Fracking and water: Quantity, not just quality, a concern
June 15, 2016 – Midwest Energy News
Even in a water-rich state like Ohio, growing water use for fracking could strain water reserves, according to new research from the FracTracker Alliance, a non-profit organization that compiles data, maps and analyses about the impacts of the oil and gas industry. Read more
Increased Fracking Water Use in Ohio: Compromising Watershed Integrity?
July 13, 2015 – Public News Service
Water consumption for hydraulic fracturing usage increased from 177,000 gallons in 2000 to more than 5 million in 2014. Ted Auch explains where this water is coming from and the potential usage increase in the next two years. Read more
Radioactivity Risk from Oil & Gas Activity in Marcellus Region
July 1, 2015 – FrackCheckWV
This is an overview of our post concerning TENORM levels associated with hydraulic fracturing activity.
Fracking to forge ahead in UK but not without rules, say Tories.
June 30, 2015 – International Business Times
UK’s Conservative party and its supporters, Tories, have decided to go ahead with the continuation of hydraulic fracturing, mainly due to the commercial pressures. But they say not without supervision or rules. This shows the disparity in opinion when it comes to hydraulic fracturing, since New York was one of the first states to ban fracking overall. Read More
Event highlights need for renewable energy
April 14, 2015 – Science News
FracTracker Alliance, along with Ecologic Institute and members from Environment North Carolina reached out to students through an event called Our Energy Solutions. It contrasted the harmful effects of hydraulic fracking to renewable energy sources throughout North Carolina and focused on the public health concerns that also come with hydraulic fracking. To learn more about the potential of renewable energy in North Carolina. Read more
Digging Under the Surface
April 13, 2015- Before It’s News
Citizens of West Virginia are coming to the realization that giving up their land or their mineral rights was not such a good idea. These fracking companies have set out contracts that state “for as long as the well is in production, this lease maintains force” in WV, also considered the “sweet spot” of the recent oil and gas boom. Homeowners talk about what it is like to live with fracking near their property, the negotiation violations and how the oil and gas companies work through contract loopholes to lessen their responsibility of damages. Read more
April 20, 2015 – Audubon
Karen Edelstein from FracTracker provides offshore rig information and John Arvin, an Ornithologist for Gulf Coast Bird Observatory analyses the impacts of offshore rigs on bird migration patterns and populations. Read More
What the Frack Is Happening Under Long Beach?
April 22, 2015 – OC Weekly
Perhaps you’ve driven past them at night: several towering panels lit up like a psychedelic art installation, with a 45-foot waterfall gushing down the side and onto the boulder-strewn, pedestal-shaped, very-much-manmade island… Read More
Most states don’t track oil industry violations, and those that do assess piddly penalties
April 2, 2015 - Daily Kos
FracTracker and NDRC unleash information about reported violations, and the results are shocking. Read More