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Reports: Fracking

Reports Found: 9
March 3, 2015
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The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

Food & Water Watch calls for a ban on fracking because of the significant risks that accompany it. This report reviews the most recent scientific studies and renews the call for the prohibition of fracking worldwide.

September 24, 2013
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The Social Costs of Fracking

This study is the first detailed, long-term analysis of the social costs of fracking borne by rural Pennsylvania communities.

March 4, 2013
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Maryland: Now Is the Time to Ban Fracking

Maryland has an opportunity to ban fracking now. We already know enough about the impacts of drilling and fracking for natural gas to know that we don’t want it in our state. Opening up Maryland to fracking won’t bring energy security to the region, won’t solve our economic problems and won’t provide clean energy.

November 14, 2012
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U.S. Energy Insecurity: Why Fracking for Oil and Natural Gas Is a False Solution

Promoters of modern drilling and fracking celebrate the industry’s newfound ability to extract oil and natural gas from shale and other tight rock formations, calling it an energy “revolution,” a “paradigm-shifter,” a “rebirth” and a “game changer.” One recent report claims that North America might soon become “the new Middle East,” a net exporter of oil and natural gas. In April 2012, ConocoPhillips’s CEO at the time called shale gas a “blessing.” But for whom is it really a blessing?

March 7, 2012
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Fracking: The New Global Water Crisis

Within the past decade, technological advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” have enabled the oil and gas industry to extract large quantities of oil and natural gas from shale formations in the United States. However, the practice has proven controversial. Pollution from modern drilling and fracking has caused widespread environ- mental and public health problems and created serious, long-term risks to underground water resources.

In this report, Food & Water Watch reviews the risks and costs of shale development that have been demonstrated in the United States, including economic costs that run counter to industry-backed claims about the economic benefits of the practice.

Food & Water Watch then summarizes the state of shale development in six selected countries: France, Bulgaria, Poland, South Africa, China and Argentina.

November 29, 2011
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How New York State Exaggerated Potential Job Creation from Shale Gas Development

The Cuomo administration is currently considering regulations that would allow widespread drilling and fracking for shale gas in New York. The regulations being considered are based on the state’s 1,537-page environmental impact analysis, which included a socioeconomic impact analysis with job and revenue projections for several different shale gas development scenarios in the state.

Food & Water Watch closely examined New York’s socioeconomic impact analysis and found that it does the people of New York a disservice. The New York analysis concluded that an “average” shale gas devel- opment scenario would bring 53,969 jobs, but only in the fine print of a footnote of the widely read factsheet is it mentioned that this is a 30-year projection.

November 15, 2011
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Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Jobs Promise for Shale Gas Development: How Methodological Flaws Grossly Exaggerate Jobs Projections

The oil and gas industry, industry-funded academics and ideological think tanks have promoted shale gas development — through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — as a sure-fire job creator during difficult economic times. Food & Water Watch closely examined a recent report touting the job-creation potential of shale gas development and found numerous inaccuracies and methodological flaws. Even after correcting for these problems, questions remain about the validity of using economic forecasting models to predict the economic impacts of expanded shale gas development.

June 13, 2011

The Case for a Ban on Gas Fracking

Over the past decade, there has been a rush for new natural gas across America using a controversial — and often polluting — drilling method. Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, injects a mixture of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into dense rock formations — shale, tight sandstone or coal beds — to crack the rock and release natural gas. Fracking has been around for decades, but the techniques, technologies and chemicals used to reach new, remote gas reserves are more intensive and riskier than conventional gas drilling.

July 14, 2010
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Not So Fast, Natural Gas: Why Accelerating Risky Drilling Threatens America’s Water

After witnessing BP’s devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, some industry analysts are suggesting that domestic natural gas is a good onshore alternative. But the damage that a rapid expansion of the industry could do to America’s water could be our next energy disaster. Even before the oil spill, drillers had begun using a potentially harmful method for extracting natural gas known as “hydraulic fracturing”—“fracking” for short. Advances in this technology now allow drillers to extract gas on a large scale from previously hard-to-reach rock formations — specifically from shales and “tight” (denser, less porous) rocks. The energy industry, convinced of an impending shale gas revolution, has increased its investments in natural gas and begun advertising and lobbying to sell its product. Meanwhile, small towns near gas deposits are witnessing a mad rush to drill near their communities.