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 "Shale":

"… ive drilling boom. Some South Texas residents who live atop the Eagle Ford Shale say drilling and related activities have taken a toll on their health with …"

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

"… York ban could prove more symbolic than anything else. While the Marcellus Shale extends into the southern part of the state, most of the formation lies be …"

"… of which allow fracking. Dave Spigelmyer, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, an industry group, pointed to Pennsylvania as “proof-positive …"

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 "Health":

"… , an internal medicine specialist who sits on the Lubbock, Texas, Board of Health, reviewed the research herself and saw it as a call to action. “I think …"

"… ef-exposure guideline is even higher, at 180 parts per billion. The World Health Organization’s guidelines say “no safe level of exposure can …"

"… o effects. In 2012 the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences called for more low-dose testing to fill the void. The …"

"… logist working for the nonprofit Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project, said his group’s measurements show emissions from wells and com …"

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 "Environment":

"… other companies within the 70669 ZIP code last year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “With the plans they have,” Ryan said, “Mossvi …"

"… d around the United States, according to data compiled and analyzed by the Environmental Integrity Project, a research and advocacy organization. Motivated …"

"… Johnston, a senior Environmental scientist in the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s air permits division.  “They’re not getting a free …"

"… steep, said Monique Harden, a lawyer and co-founder of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, a nonprofit public interest law firm in New Orleans. “S …"

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 "inspector":

"… ia Department of Environmental Protection, said agency employees recall an inspector going to Roter’s home and noticing no odor, but they haven’t been able …"

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.

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 "Environment":

"… arby residents. This gap can be traced to decisions Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made decades ago, when oil and gas producers lobbied h …"

"… rney Patricia Robertson, the Environmental crimes prosecutor for the Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force, has been frustrated for years because the federa …"

"… Robertson said. James Langhorne, chief operating officer of Inland Environmental, a disposal facility south of Houston, bristles when he hears criticism …"

"… 70 co-sponsors are Democrats, and the bill is stuck in the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. “I don’t expect it will be an easy fight, but it’s …"

Russian bank hires two former U.S. senators

By Alexander Cohen

U.S. sanctions against Russia are becoming a boon for Washington's lobbyists.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ukraine":

"… ), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanction …"

Center for Public Integrity adds two new reporters to environment and labor team

The Center for Public Integrity’s Pulitzer Prize-winning environment and labor team is pleased to announce the hiring of two reporters.

How oil and gas firms gained influence and transformed North Dakota

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Industry has transformed the state, but at what cost?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… s hard to find a place or person that hasn’t been touched by the boom. Energy companies have drilled more than 8,000 wells into western North Dakota’s …"

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 "Aruba":

"… production sickened people living nearby. A Dallas County jury found that Aruba Petroleum, a privately owned company based in Plano, Texas, “intentional …"

"… s Environmental Law Program. There are no assurances the verdict against Aruba will survive an appeal or lead to regulatory changes in Texas or any of th …"

"… stry, the public and policy makers may be sorting through them for years. Aruba has asked Judge Mark Greenberg, who presided over the Parrs’ case, to re …"

"… unding in the heavily developed Barnett Shale region the Parrs call home. Aruba used two long-standing industry arguments in its defense: That the emissio …"

Texas freezes agency's funding after air pollution data released

By Lisa Song

The Alamo Area Council of Governments had its funding frozen after releasing data linking oil and gas drilling to worsening air pollution.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… ry was released, the Austin American-Statesman reported that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which funded the study, had slashed AACOG’s air-quality planning …"

"… mously on April 23 to ask the state to restore $182,000 in grants that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is withholding from the San Antonio metropolitan region. The money is crit …"

'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.

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 "TCEQ":

"… eporting them to the state. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), which regulates most air emissions, doesn’t even know some of these fa …"

"… y fined. Of the 284 oil and gas industry-related complaints filed with the TCEQ by Eagle Ford residents between Jan. 1, 2010, and Nov. 19, 2013 , only two …"

"… actions could lead to six more fines.) The Texas legislature has cut the TCEQ’s budget by a third since the Eagle Ford boom began, from $555 mill …"

"… for those who have become collateral damage in the drive for riches. The TCEQ is led by three commissioners appointed by Gov. Rick Perry, a Re …"

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… y are Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… research has been funded by the EPA, the National Science Foundation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the American Petroleum Institute. Lisa Song is a reporter with Inside …"

Coal industry, Hill allies target fine print of Obama climate plan

By Kristen Lombardi

President Obama's climate plan, vital to his green agenda, is drawing close scrutiny — and sharp critiques — from powerful coal forces.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coal":

"… White House pitch on July 31. Flanked by six colleagues from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the Coal industry’s most public voice, …"

"… n July 31. Flanked by six colleagues from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the Coal industry’s most public voice, Bailey pressed the c …"

"… nded a similar note during a meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy. Coal-heavy utilities including Duke Energy, DTE Energy and Southern Company hav …"

"… untly: “They wrote the rule to do away with Coal-fired power plants.” Coal and utility groups hurriedly pushed back. Entities, big and small, have fl …"

William Koch emerges from shadow of famous siblings

By Michael Beckel

William Koch's steadily increasing political activity has gotten relatively little notice compared to that of brothers Charles and David.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… n — went to Restore Our Future, the main super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful presidential bid. Meanwhile, $500,000 went to a group tha …"

Industry muscle targets federal 'Report on Carcinogens'

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

Chemical industry groups are pursuing hearings and legal fights challenging a government cancer report — part of a growing rift with HHS.

Excerpts from this story referencing "physician":

"… ntific work has caused some discomfort” in industry circles. Broun is a physician and U.S. Senate candidate who has called man-made climate change a “hoax …"

"… y development as “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Bucshon, also a physician, is a self-described “long-term friend of coal.” Since 2010, each has …"

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Natural gas":

"… Courreges, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. Natural gas filtered into the aquifer, and crude oil floated to the top of the sinkhol …"

Sanford gets late boost from N.Y. millionaire

By Michael Beckel

School choice advocate Howard Rich gives Mark Sanford's congressional campaign a late boost.

Judicial seminar backed by ex-president of Bolivia

By Michael Beckel and Chris Young

GMU center accepted funds from firm headed by former Bolivian president accused of human rights violations.

Tea party-aligned S. Carolina candidate bankrolled by Kentucky natural gas exec

By Michael Beckel

J.W. Kinzer's financial largesse boosts Republican Curtis Bostic in South Carolina special election.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Natural gas":

"… s" and expand "domestic production of oil and Natural gas."     …"

"… perate more than 2,000 wells in Appalachia's Big Sandy River Basin. "Natural gas continues to be an abundant clean-burning natural resource that  …"

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

By FactCheck.Org

The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Labor Statistics":

"… the U.S. economy has added 490,000 manufacturing jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 11,950,000 manufacturing jobs in January 2013 — up from the …"

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors

By Michael Beckel

RGA, DGA reap riches from corporate donors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Governors Association":

"… Republican Governors Association pulled in nearly $2.7 million, while the Democratic Governors Association collected $910,000, documents filed Thursday with the Internal Revenue Ser …"

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 "energy independence":

"… affordability of natural gas vehicles and run counter to the goal of U.S. energy independence, Morrison said. But most trade associations and companies have been loath …"

Nonprofits, shell corporations help shield identity of ad backers

By Russ Choma

Underwriters of attack ads can easily avoid being named.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… mWorks for America, the same super PAC that received $5.2 million from the Tennessee shell corporation.CRP data shows the group received $2.3 million from its …"

Daily Disclosure: Chevron gives $2.5 million to conservative super PAC

By Rachael Marcus and John Dunbar

Oil company's donation one of only a handful from Fortune 500 companies to super PACs.

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 "Hydraulic fracturing":

"… ound brought with it the promise of new jobs and new revenue for the state.Hydraulic fracturing involves the pumping of millions of gallons of water into wells to break u …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Natural gas":

"… production is expected to soon exceed its pre-spill levels. Natural gas production from federal areas has been declining for years because driller …"

Pro-environment group gave grant to conservative nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Why would a pro-environment group give $125,000 to a pro-energy, anti-regulatory nonprofit?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeb Bush":

"… f Minnesota, former GOP Gov. Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania and former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida.Craig Holman, a lobbyist for the consumer group Public Citizen …"