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A new report spans more than 300 peer-reviewed studies to present a comprehensive summary of the risks the industry creates for people’s health and wellbeing, as well as for the planet.
Lake Eyre Basin contains one of the few pristine river systems left in the world. But new research shows oil and gas activity is extending its tentacles into these fragile environments.
The Karoo landscape, a water-scarce area near potential shale gas sites.
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New regulations for protecting water resources during oil exploration are inadequate and should be reviewed.
Despite banning fracking in 2019, the UK government recently decided to review its safety.
The public have never been enthusiastic about this industry.
Why recent calls for the UK to resuscitate shale gas exploration are for the birds.
During fracking, water is mixed with fluids and injected into the ground.
New research shows how fracking could pose a threat to surface water quality, with consequences for human and environmental health.
Noise, pollution and other stressors from trucks and drilling can harm residents’ health. In Colorado, an upcoming vote on new setback rules is expected to widen the buffer zone.
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Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.
A fracking boom for natural gas has taken hold of northeastern B.C.
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Fracking in northeastern British Columbia has left behind tens of thousands of wells. Some of these are leaking — and could threaten the environment and the public’s health.
A shale gas well pad in Pennsylvania contains storage tanks.
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Fracking in Pennsylvania has led to disadvantages in state school districts.
Anti-fracking protesters demonstrate outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Central London, November 12 2018.
A permanent fracking ban is needed to end the farce and shift resources into carbon capture and storage.
Fracking has led to an increase in truck traffic, one of the reasons for worsening trends on air quality in areas with oil and gas drilling.
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The fracking boom has led to a large increase of hydrocarbon emissions in rural areas, reversing some regional air toxics trends.
There are indications shale gas may be present in South Africa’s Karoo.
South Africa’s Karoo region potentially holds shale gas that could transform the energy economy of the country. But given the uncertainties around exploration what’s the next logical step?
Why protesters should think about putting their feet up.
Can we mitigate the risks associated with fracking?
From crossing a road to fracking for oil, everything has inherent risks. At best, we can only aim to agree that, on balance, they are contained and justified.
South Africa’s Karoo region, in the south west of the country, is thought to have significant reserves of shale gas.
Shale gas holds considerable advantages. But there are still a number of uncertainties around whether South Africa is ready for such a bold step.
Florida’s unique geology means alternative fracking methods would be used, but can aquifers be safely separated from injection wells?
There’s a debate over whether fracking should be introduced into Florida, a state with a unique geology and hydrology that introduces a long list of environmental concerns.
Fracking in the US has relied on chemicals linked to a range of health problems but the industry claims UK operations would be far safer.
A fracking well in Pennsylvania, which saw rapid and sometimes-problematic spread of natural gas development.
Different states and countries with shale gas can benefit from the mistakes made by other regions that rushed into fracking. Here’s one state’s plan.
A fracking well injects large volumes of water, chemicals and sand to fracture rock.
Fracking fluids in Marcellus shale have contaminated groundwater but new study finds that the source is likely from surface spills, not leaks from underground wells.