Environmental watchdog worried about rise of fracking.

Chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process — commonly called fracking — were of particular concern to Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan in his last report as auditor of Canadian environmental regulations that was tabled today in the House of Commons.

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Can towns ban fracking? This one case could decide them all.

A very important question is at the center of a court case that commenced this morning in Livingston County Court: Do individual towns have the right to ban natural gas fracking? An energy company is suing the town of Avon, hoping to set a precedent that would block towns from making their own decisions on fracking.

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Five things you need to know about fracking.

This article is an excerpt from Brian Montopoli’s in-depth article “A poisoned well? Fracking studies stir doubts”| February 5th 2013 | CBS News

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Fracking with bad water.

So, you have a dwindling supply of fresh water for drinking and for wildlife, you have large amounts of contaminated water from old mining operations that we don’t know what to do with and are really expensive to clean-up, and you have the need for large amounts of water for the dramatic increase in fracking operations that don’t need to use fresh or potable water but are presently using both fresh and potable water from these very dwindling supplies.

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Pressure over fracking ban bears down on Fort Collins City Council.

Hydraulic fracturing is high-pressure business, and its brunt is being brought to bear on Fort Collins City Council.

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Hydraulic fracturing produces less wastewater per unit of gas – but more overall – Shale Gas Fracking uses a lot of water? – Really! – Fracking water usage infographic

Hydraulically fractured natural gas wells are producing less wastewater per unit of gas recovered than conventional wells would.

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Will Ohio start accepting drilling brine at 40 landfills? – 13 fracking resource articles

Hundreds of members of the Ohio Petroleum Council (OPC), Ohio Oil and Gas Association and Ohio Shale Coalition are urging state legislators to expand natural gas development in the state.

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Livestock falling ill in fracking regions – raising concerns about food

While scientists have yet to isolate cause and effect, many suspect chemicals used in drilling and hydrofracking (or “fracking”) operations are poisoning animals through the air, water, or soil.

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No fracking in Connecticut, but legislature giving issue plenty of attention – Fracking infographics.

The controversial practice of fracking – using large amounts of pressurized water and other materials to extract natural gas from underground layers of shale rock – is attracting plenty of attention from Connecticut lawmakers.

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Frackademia – how Big Gas bought research on hydraulic fracturing

Last week, the oil company Chevron took out a full-page ad in the Atlantic Monthly to say – seemingly innocuously – that hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, needs to be “good for everyone”. It was a part of Chevron’s ubiquitous “Human Energy Campaign”, which uses “real people” to soften its corporate image and argue its case.

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Boulder Colorado – Time for Boulder to ban fracking

Does the City of Boulder need a ban on fracking? I say yes and here’s why. We have 16 wells already in the City of Boulder — many immediately next to residences and open space areas. These existing wells are likely candidates for fracking to access the valuable hydro-carbons resting about 1,000 feet under our homes, schools and office buildings.

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Water contamination: Is fracking safe? – Debate on controversial natural gas drilling technique as NY moratorium may expire

The controversial use of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” that is behind the country’s natural gas boom has come under scrutiny in the new Hollywood drama, “Promised Land,” and met stiff resistance in New York state, where a four-year moratorium against the process could soon expire.

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