Hydraulic Fracturing (fracking)

1:03am

Tue May 15, 2012
The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

Sick From Fracking? Doctors, Patients Seek Answers

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:48 am

Michelle Salvini (left) and Terri DiCarlo take a break from work outside the Cornerstone Care clinic in Burgettstown, Pa. Mysterious fumes have repeatedly sickened clinic staffers, forcing them to evacuate the building several times.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Kay Allen had just started work, and everything seemed quiet at the Cornerstone Care community health clinic in Burgettstown, Pa. But things didn't stay quiet for long.

"All the girls, they were yelling at me in the back, 'You gotta come out here quick. You gotta come out here quick,' " said Allen, 59, a nurse from Weirton, W.Va.

Allen rushed out front and knew right away what all the yelling was about. The whole place reeked — like someone had spilled a giant bottle of nail polish remover.

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5:00am

Sun May 13, 2012
Environment

Inspector Shortage in Colorado Oil Fields Sparks Concerns

Kirk Siegler KUNC

The oil drilling boom along Colorado’s Front Range is generating a lot of tax revenue for cash-strapped governments. But it’s also putting a strain on state regulators whose job it is to make sure all the drilling and well sites aren’t polluting.

There are now more than 47,000 active oil and gas wells in Colorado, but the state employs just seventeen inspectors to keep tabs on them. One solution being floated is to allow local governments to hire their own inspectors to ease some of the workload. But it’s getting mixed reviews across the state.

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11:30am

Tue May 8, 2012
Environment

Longmont to Vote on Ban on Drilling in Residential Areas

Longmont resident Judith Blackburn is opposed to drilling within the city's boundaries.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Longmont's city council is expected to approve a slate of oil and gas regulations tonight that seek to keep drilling out of residential neighborhoods. 

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2:22pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Environment

Proposed Fracking Rule Embraced by Hickenlooper

Interior Sec. Ken Salazar met with Governor John Hickenlooper briefly in Commerce City Friday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper is praising a proposal by the Obama Administration that would require oil and gas companies drilling on federal lands to disclose the chemicals they use in the process known as hydraulic fracturing.

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2:15pm

Fri May 4, 2012
Energy

White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

Originally published on Fri May 4, 2012 4:04 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

The Obama administration today released a new set of rules for oil and gas drilling on public land. As NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports, the rules are meant to keep companies from polluting water when they use the engineering technique known as fracking.

ELIZABETH SHOGREN, BYLINE: Hydraulic fracturing is what made the current drilling booms possible. Companies force hundreds of thousands of gallons of water, sand, and chemicals deep underground to open up cracks in the rock and make the oil or natural gas flow faster.

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