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 "official":

"… results of a new air-quality study along with mounting pressure from local officials and the simmering discontent of local residents, Texas regulators have de …"

"… affirini said. "The two should go hand in hand." Zaffirini said TCEQ officials raised the issue of additional air monitoring in the county with her in F …"

"… toring in Karnes County in April and May. The senator said TCEQ officials told her that the data didn't show anything of concern. Because of a …"

"… couldn't breathe inside." Groundswell for more monitoring Local elected officials have also called for improved air monitoring in the Eagle Ford. Kar …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… fossil fuel waste was approved in 1988, oil and gas production in the United States was dropping and finding more domestic supplies was a national impera …"

"… down a well to crack open bedrock and tap deeply buried fossil fuels. The United States has so much oil and gas, in fact, that the industry is lobbying Congress f …"

"… ide, rules begin to tighten As oil and gas development spreads across the United States, more communities are raising concerns about the industry’s waste. At l …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… fairs advisor in the EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards in North Carolina. The two officials answered a few of our questions and provided some …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… from horizon to horizon. Like many people in Texas and other parts of the United States, Parr doesn’t own the mineral rights to his land. When he bought the ran …"

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 "Earthjustice":

"… operations. The 112-page petition, filed by the public-interest law firm Earthjustice, asks the EPA to use its authority under the Clean Air Act to develop “r …"

"… s, and birth defects, among others,” the petition says. Emma Cheuse, an Earthjustice lawyer, said in a telephone interview that “people across the United Sta …"

"… 45,000 new wells are expected to be drilled each year through 2035,” the Earthjustice petition says. “The oil and gas expansion has brought drilling activiti …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… Reviews on Environmental Health. The study was conducted by the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, a nonprofit based near Pittsburgh. A health …"

"… funding their environmental agencies generously." No easy solutions The Pennsylvania report is the latest demonstration of how little is known about the health …"

"… ntist at the University of California-Irvine who was not involved with the Pennsylvania study, said the group’s paper shows the lack of a one-size-fits-all solu …"

"… the Eagle Ford, the TCEQ has up to 30 days to investigate a complaint. In Pennsylvania, the deadline is usually two weeks. In Colorado, inspectors often respond …"

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.

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.

'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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… y's Jim Morris, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel about the South Texas oil boom and the chemicals released into the air, continues to pour in. Mo …"

"… r in. Most of it has been positive: From a man who recently drove through Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale region on his way to Arizona: “I have never seen t …"

"… renewables…Thanks for your work, which may very well help a few folks in Texas.” From a man in one of the South Texas drilling areas: “Thank God …"

"… y very well help a few folks in Texas.” From a man in one of the South Texas drilling areas: “Thank God for Jim Morris and the Center for Public In …"

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 "Texas":

"… ublic Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel. KARNES CITY, Texas — When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she mak …"

"… r red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drill …"

"… -mile-wide bacchanal of oil and gas extraction stretches from Leon County, Texas, in the northeast to the Mexican border in the southwest. Since 2008,&nbs …"

"… Buehrings can see, and often smell, evidence of the hell-bent rush to tap Texas oil. In addition to the wells near their home, there are at least nine oi …"

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 "Energy":

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

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

"… e inherited mineral rights from her parents worth as much as $10,000. The Energy Resources Committee is led by Republican Rep. Jim Keffer, whose investment …"

"… cturing of the Railroad Commission. But the core reforms died in the House Energy Resources Committee, where Keffer, the nine-term Republican with hefty ene …"

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.

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.

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.

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 "spokesman":

"… rs association know if this money is given without strings attached.”RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said the group “fully complied with all Pennsylvania campa …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Solobay":

"… r in the lawsuit and councilman of Peters Township, Washington County.Sen. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, oversees three of the seven municipalities that filed the A …"

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

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 "Tara Mullee Agard":

"… es for baby wipes and shampoos.Totally safe, says Halliburton spokesperson Tara Mullee Agard – though “not intended for human consumption.”To some, it may be sur …"

U.S. advisory group on fracking has abundant ties to energy industry

By Evan Bush

As first recommendations emerge, scientists seek ouster of a former CIA director on energy company boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mark Zoback":

"…  Stephen Holditch, Kathleen McGinty, Susan Tierney, Daniel Yergin and Mark Zoback. The scientists said their "conflicts of interest make it appear that …"

'Clean' natural gas adding to climate change

By Chris Hamby and Jim Morris

As climate change gases decline, data reveals natural gas increase

Excerpts from this story referencing "Southern Co.":

"… with American Electric Power Co., Xcel Energy Inc., Duke Energy Corp. and Southern Co., argues the EPA already is taking steps against climate change.The EPA inv …"