Vermont became the first state to ban the controversial gas-drilling technique that pumps huge volumes of toxic fluid deep into the ground and that has been shown to contaminate drinking water supplies.
Requirements to disclose the chemical makeup of fluids used in fracking are often limited by a “trade secrets” provision under which companies can claim that a proprietary chemical doesn’t have to be disclosed to regulators or the public.
Early last year, deep in the forests of northern British Columbia, workers for Apache Corp. used 259 million gallons of water and 50,000 tons of sand to frack 16 gas wells in what the company proclaimed the biggest hydraulic fracturing operation ever.
Last month, the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica published a report that highlights how dangerously little scientists and government officials know about the health consequences of living near a natural gas drilling site.
Last spring, President Obama asked Energy Secretary Steven Chu to assemble an advisory board to review the practice of hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as “fracking,” which is used to extract natural gas buried deep underground. (more)
A team of student journalists at New York University’s Studio 20 program created an extremely clever animated music video to give the American public the lowdown on “fracking,” a potentially dangerous method of drilling for oil and natural gas by using pressurized liquids to hydraulically fracture subterranean rock.