Fracking

Fracking is a term that is used today for a process technically called hydraulic fracturing which is a technique used to increase or restore the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be produced from subterranean natural reservoirs. The use of this method to gain access to these fluids has raised environmental concerns. Many "fracturists" are challenging the adequacy of existing regulatory regimes. Their concerns include the potential for ground water contamination, risks to air quality, migration of gases and hydraulic fracturing chemicals to the surface, mishandling of waste, and the health effects of all these, as well as its contribution to raised atmospheric CO2 levels by enabling the extraction of previously sequestered hydrocarbons. An additional concern is that oil obtained through hydraulic fracturing contains chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, which may increase the rate at which rail tank cars and pipelines corrode, potentially releasing their load and its gases. Finally, there are some who believe that fracking may be a contributing factor to increased seismic activity.

Link Arms: We Are All Connected

Government Agency Blockaded

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: For five days in a row this week a federal agency was blockaded by protesters, delaying workers, sending a strong message of demands and resulting in scores of arrests. Did you hear one word about it on mainstream media?

Big Frackin’ Deal: The Mechanics of Fracking

Mechanics of Fracking

John MacMurray: To get a picture of what this blast of water does to the rock below, try this: put a brick on the sidewalk. Hit the brick with a large hammer. Notice all the broken pieces and shards. That’s what fracking does.

Learn to be a Fractivist

Want to be part of the anti-fracking movement in California?  Join Environment California for a “Fracktivist Training” to learn how. These trainings will give you the background and instructions you need in order to build the anti-fracking movement in your area and get the campaign covered in the media. Big Oil is pushing hard to […]

Governor Brown: Climate Leader or Climate Loser?

governor jerry brown fracking

Adam Scow: When it comes to governance and real action the Governor is letting the oil and gas industry expand fracking and refineries that pollute our climate with more emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, worsening global warming and our climate crisis.

Vandenberg Marine UnProtected Area

Vandenberg Marine Protected Area

Dan Bacher: The time to ban offshore oil drilling, fracking, pollution, corporate aquaculture, military testing and other harmful activities to marine life in the “marine protected areas” created under the MLPA Initiative is long overdue.

Do New Fracking Rules Let Big Oil Hide Toxic Chemical Use?

New Fracking Rules

Dan Bacher: Proposed new regulations governing fracking and other dangerous oil well stimulation techniques in California would “do little” to protect the state’s air, water and public health, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fracking Money for California State Senators

Moratorium on Fracking

Dan Bacher: Those who voted against the franking moratorium or abstained received many times more in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry than those who supported the bill.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

gotcha journalism

Lance Simmens: Attempts by O’Keefe and his cohorts to skew the nature of the conversations via selective editing are preempted by the fact that the entire conversation was captured by Fox as a defensive effort to protect his integrity. In this case, the punkers were punk’d.

How Much Is Tainted Fracking Research Worth?

Tainted Fracking Research

Walter Brasch: It makes little difference if the Community College of Philadelphia accepted “only” $15,000, Lackawanna College accepted $2.5 million, or the University of North Dakota accepted $14 million. We know what they have become—it’s just a matter of deciding how much a tainted body of knowledge is worth.

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