Fracking Waste Gets a Second Look to Ease Looming West Texas Water Shortage

Fracked wells in West Texas don’t just produce petroleum. Much more than anything else, they spit up salty, mucky water.  Typically, companies have discarded that fluid, hundreds of millions of gallons per day, by injecting it back underground, occasionally causing small earthquakes. But as water becomes more scarce, they’re beginning to reconsider. For now, hydraulic […]

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Fracking Company to Pay for Public Water System in Rural Pennsylvania Town

The Pennsylvania town that became famous when residents ignited methane-infused tap water will be getting a new public water system paid for by a gas driller that admitted causing the contamination. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced a settlement under which Coterra Energy, the parent of Cabot Oil and Gas, will pay $16.29 million […]

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A New Shell Plant in Pennsylvania Will Soon Become the State’s Second Largest Emitter of Volatile Organic Chemicals

This article originally appeared in StateImpact Pennsylvania and is published here as part of content-sharing agreement. Shell’s ethane cracker is scheduled to come online soon, producing up to 1.6 million metric tons of plastic pellets a year. The plant will produce this plastic by processing ethane, a component of the natural gas found in the Marcellus and […]

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With fracking promising a quick energy boost, can Colombia say no?

protest“For the first time ever, there is a government that is against fracking,” says Amarilys Llanos Navarro. An activist and lawyer with the Cesar Without Fracking and Gas Movement, an anti-extractivist movement in Colombia’s northern department of Cesar, is referring to Gustavo Petro, who took office as president in August and has vowed to ban […]

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