Republican bills take aim at EPA science, rulemaking

By David Heath

Already limited in its ability to evaluate toxic chemicals, the EPA is targeted by Republican legislation the White House pledges to veto.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earthjustice":

"… king process,” said Kendra F. Brown of the environmental group Earthjustice. “We must do what protects the people. The RAA seeks to turn the process …"

Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barnett Shale":

"… notice from state regulators. A recent story in the series focused on the Barnett Shale in North Texas and highlighted new research suggesting proximity to fracki …"

Smoke, odors and drifting foam in Fort Worth suburb stir frustration over fracking

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the Fort Worth suburb of Mansfield are arguing for stricter local regulation of hydraulically fractured wells.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hydraulic fracturing":

"… ion that stretches across populous areas, including Dallas and Fort Worth. Hydraulic fracturing — “fracking,” the process of shaking loose gas and oil with water, s …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… are cancer had a cause, she believes, and it wasn’t genetics. Others in Texas have drawn the same conclusions about their confounding illnesses. Jana De …"

"… seases. They all lived for years atop the gas-rich Barnett Shale in North Texas, birthplace of modern hydraulic fracturing. And they all believe exposure …"

"… nurse, “because I’ve got to get out of here or I’m going to die.” Texas regulators and politicians have shrugged off such complaints for years. Th …"

"… same thing as hydraulic fracturing — known as fracking — moved beyond Texas and opened up lucrative oil and gas deposits across the country. But scien …"

Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

By Talia Buford

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse gases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… p; The Sasol project is among at least 120 of its type planned around the United States, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Pr …"

"… to the White House’s pledge  to slash  carbon emissions in the United States.  “The President made it very clear from the beginning of his Admi …"

"… ; Sasol also wants to build the first gas-to-liquids (GTL) facility in the United States, which would  transform natural gas into diesel fuel and products suc …"

Five-state study finds high levels of airborne chemicals near oil and gas sites

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

A study of air emissions near oil and gas wells found strikingly high levels of benzene and other dangerous chemicals in some locations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… ent Petroleum Association of America referred questions about the study to Energy In Depth, an outreach campaign it launched in 2009. Energy In Depth spokes …"

"… ut the study to Energy In Depth, an outreach campaign it launched in 2009. Energy In Depth spokeswoman Katie Brown criticized the involvement of G …"

"… was wrong, based on bad odors, symptoms such as nausea or other problems. Energy In Depth, which has criticized other studies looking at potential health e …"

Center wins four Eppy awards

By William Gray

The Center was honored with four awards from Editor & Publisher including Investigative/Enterprise Feature.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ;Editor & Publisher.  Congratulations to all of the winners. …"

Pennsylvania congressman launches frack waste investigation

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Congressman Matt Cartwright, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, is asking state officials to review environmental exemptions for fracking waste.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… etter to Dana Aunkst, the acting secretary of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). "The Subcommittee minority is conducting this oversig …"

"… his lack of understanding can be traced to decisions Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made decades ago, when oil and gas producers successfu …"

"… l, president and CEO of the Environmental advocacy group Pennsylvania Environmental Council, this is a "signal that the DEP will step up and enforce" its ex …"

New air monitor planned for heavily fracked South Texas county

By Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

After a Center and InsideClimate News investigation, Texas regulators say they'll put an air monitor in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… called for improved air monitoring in the Eagle Ford. Karnes County Judge Richard Butler, the county’s top executive, said TCEQ officials told&nbs …"

"… eck their models against the real-life data, he said. In early September, Judge Nelson Wolff of Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, wrote a letter t …"

Open pits offer cheap disposal for fracking sludge, but health worries mount

By David Hasemyer and Zahra Hirji

Air emissions from oil and gas waste are among the least regulated, least monitored and least understood components of the fracking boom.

EPA: No comment on fracking air pollution

By Jim Morris and Lisa Song

No one at the Environmental Protection Agency has been willing to talk on the record about air pollution associated with fracking in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ’t doing much to curb the industry's air pollution, why isn’t the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stepping in? The EPA, after all, is ultimately responsible for enforcing t …"

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… r even decades for long-term studies to emerge, the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) is using the best available science to help pe …"

"… igate the risks people face from drilling. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection — which oversees the oil and gas industry — has no ongoin …"

"… Pennsylvania medical society, the Pennsylvania health department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. " …"

Texas fracking verdict puts industry on notice about toxic air emissions

By David Hasemyer

A nearly $3 million jury verdict against a Texas oil and gas company highlights regulatory failures and health risks linked to fracking.

Groups seek EPA action on toxic air emissions from fracking

By Jim Morris

Sixty-four environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the EPA to clamp down on toxic air emissions from fracking operations.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… egulation, 64 environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to clamp down on toxic air emissions from oil and gas operations. The 112 …"

Air monitoring in fracking areas fails to detect spikes in toxic emissions, new study says

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A new study finds that common air monitoring methods are all but useless in capturing intense, short-term emissions from gas development.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Air quality":

"… said the group’s paper shows the lack of a one-size-fits-all solution. "Air quality monitoring is complex, so you need a range of [methods] depending on what …"

Tough new fracking rules in Colorado drawing keen attention in Texas, where boom rages on

By Zahra Hirji, Lisa Song and Jim Morris

Air pollution rules adopted last month in Colorado may have an impact on oil and gas drilling in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jim Morris":

"… Weather Channel. Zahra Hirji and Lisa Song are with InsideClimate News and Jim Morris is with the Center for Public Integrity. …"

Natural gas boom advances with little study of public health effects, report finds

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

As a drilling boom continues in Texas and beyond, a new study spotlights a missing ingredient: A full assessment of public health impact.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… lyzed the membership of three advisory committees established by President Obama and the governors of Maryland and Pennsylvania. All three groups were task …"

'Close your doors and go away:' readers react to fracking investigation

By The Center for Public Integrity

Reader reaction to our South Texas fracking probe ranges from heartfelt thanks to charges of hysteria mongering.

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "North Dakota":

"… — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with the sheer size of the play — 26 cou …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "X-ray":

"… TCEQ, untold others suffer in silence. Among them: Mary Alice Longoria, an X-ray technician at a state prison who lives with her husband in a mobile home n …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… iness are almost inseparable. State Rep. Tom Craddick, who championed the House version of SB1134, owns stock in nine oil companies, five of which are act …"

"… n contributions from the industry they regulate. But with support from the House Energy Resources Committee, of which Tom Craddick is a member, it has beat …"

"… ep. Lon Burnam, a Fort Worth Democrat who has served 16 years in the Texas House, is the most outspoken of a handful of legislators trying to curb the oil …"

"… t would have regulated or taxed the industry in some way. Most died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where six of the 11 members, including Craddic …"

Study delivers good, bad news on climate-impacting methane leakage from gas wells

By Lisa Song and Jim Morris

A study released today examines greenhouse-effect-causing methane emissions from natural gas drilling sites.

GOP congressman provides super PAC seed funding

By Michael Beckel

Rep. Steve Pearce donated $10,000 to a super PAC that employs a former aide and his brother.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Mexico":

"… ederal Election Commission in January, also reported receiving $5,000 from New Mexico-based ME-TEX Oil & Gas, Inc., whose president, Mark Vetero, is on the …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Energy Regulatory Commission":

"… de agreement countries. Next, the company needs to get permission from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a facility. FERC in turn works closely with the Environmen …"

D.C.-based governors' associations provide back door for corporate donors

By John Dunbar and Alexandra Duszak

Republican Governors Association delivers millions to candidates in states that restrict corporate money.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… tle over $300,000 in 2010 to a so-called “527” organization called the Republican Governors Association, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The RGA gave Corbett’s …"

Parts of Pa. law favored by frackers overturned

By Alice Su

A court on Thursday threw out parts of the state’s Act 13, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to local governments

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

By Alice Su

Pennsylvania's state legislature passed a law that strips local zoning authority location of fracking wells.

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… policies. And they include one that President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw — a proposal that would have tightened regulations on smog-f …"

FACT CHECK: Perry misses the facts on fracking

By FactCheck.Org

GOP presidential hopeful's statement on EPA as a jobs-killer holds no water

Excerpts from this story referencing "Hydraulic fracturing":

"… regulation of Hydraulic fracturing as an example of government overreach. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of extracting natural gas from undergro …"

Federal fracking response could be years away

By Evan Bush

In safety demo, Halliburton worker swigs fracking fluid - a sign of industry assurance. Little stands in way of natural gas extraction boom.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Steven Chu":

"… said the report, prepared by a subcommittee reporting to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.While the Energy Department doesn’t regulate fracking or the environment …"

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