News Release | Environment America

Final EPA study concludes that fracking operations can contaminate drinking water

Washington, D.C. – In a final report issued today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that fracking operations can impact drinking water “at each stage in the hydraulic fracturing water cycle”.   The report walks back from a misleading summary statement that fracking poses “no widespread, systemic risks” to drinking water.

Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Fighting Fracking: A Toolkit for Activists

Across the country, fracking is endangering our health, contaminating our drinking water, and worsening the climate crisis. From the chemicals used to the toxic wastewater produced to the methane emitted, every aspect of the fracking process is putting our families and our communities at risk.

Fracking: A community hazard

By | Michael Carter
Digital Campaigner, Stop Drilling Program

Many of fracking’s worst impacts — from air pollution and water contamination to health problems — are felt by nearby communities. That’s why municipalities across the country are taking a stand.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Dangerous and Close

Oil and gas companies are fracking near our communities, polluting our air and water, and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations. Fracking often is done very close to vulnerable people – infants, school children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems – even though communities typically seek to keep industrial activities far away from facilities serving these populations, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers. 

News Release | Environment America

Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking

Boston, Mass.– More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.

News Release | Environment America

Following national conference, mayors speak out for local control of fracking

INDIANAPOLIS - Following the United States Conference of Mayors here this weekend, over 30 mayors from more than a dozen states issued a statement today urging state and federal leaders to uphold local control of drilling.

News Release | Environment America

EPA bans fracking wastewater from sewage treatment plants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants.

News Release | Environment America

Good news: fracking leases canceled outside New Mexico's Chaco Canyon

WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday the Obama administration announced it was cancelling lease sales of over 2,000 acres near New Mexico's historic Chaco Canyon. Rachel Richardson, program director of Environment America's Stop Drilling Program issued a statement applauding the move.

News Release | Environment America

Methane rules a step forward, but short of what's needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Obama administration issued final rules controlling new oil and gas emissions of methane - the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. Drilling and fracking operations are the single largest source of the pollutant, which accounts for a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas pollution.

News Release | Environment America

Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

DENVER, CO -- Colorado became the latest state to prevent local governments from regulating fracking today, when the state Supreme Court struck down bans in the towns of Longmont and Fort Collins.

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