Fracking

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
An oil pump jack in Oklahoma. (Photo: jbpribanic/public herald/cc/flickr)
Despite mounting scientific evidence that fracking is increasing seismic activity in the state, Oklahoma legislators are poised to pass legislation preventing municipalities from passing local bans on drilling operations. Senate Bill 468 would overturn an 80-year-old statute and explicitly prohibits local regulation of certain oil and gas...
Jon Queally, staff writer
In what environmental campaigners and the people of the small town of Denton,...
Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Setting the stage for New York to issue a formal ban on fracking within 10 days...

Further

Days after a report of “substantial gaps in oversight” at thousands of high-risk fracking wells, emergency officials announced a leak at Tioga, N.D.'s Ron Burgundy 3-23-14H fracking well, which is under a confidentiality agreement that protects its owners from having to tell the public what the hell is going on there. Alarmingly, 22% of North Dakota's 1,813 oil and gas wells have such “tight hole” status, probably because the state awards it to any operators who ask. What's most scary here:...