Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)


Wed December 19, 2012

Fort Collins Enacts 7-Month Moratorium On Fracking

Kirk Siegler KUNC

Fort Collins city council members have voted unanimously to halt new oil and gas development—including hydraulic fracturing—for seven months. The move comes as city officials are looking to write long-term rules around the practice, and state rules also appear to be in flux.

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Tue December 18, 2012

COGA Sues Longmont Over Fracking Ban

An oil and gas rig in Longmont, Coloardo
KUNC file photo

Initiative 300, which banned fracking within Longmont city limits, passed in November despite oil and gas companies raising close to a half million dollars toward defeat of the measure. The ban will now face an industry legal challenge.

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Wed December 12, 2012

Energy Hearing Focuses on Setback Distance and Water Quality

KUNC File Photo

Energy regulators in Colorado are examining whether to increase the distance between oil and gas drilling sites and buildings such as schools and homes.

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Tue December 11, 2012
Planet Money

NYT Excerpt: Is Fracking A Blessing Or A Curse?



Tue November 20, 2012
Around the Nation

There's Oil On Them Thar Campuses!

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 4:14 pm

Students in environmental science professor Jeffery Stone's class watch as a seismic shaker truck rolls through Indiana State University's campus.
Tony Campbell Courtesy of Indiana State University

Imagine going to college and finding an oil rig on campus. That's becoming increasingly likely as oil and gas companies use a controversial technique commonly referred to as fracking to extract resources from land underneath campuses across the country.

Environmental science professor Jeffery Stone will never forget the day the earth shook on Indiana State University's campus in Terre Haute.

"They did it like in eight-second pulses, and you could feel the whole sidewalk wobble like an earthquake almost," Stone says.

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