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Last Night Saw a Bush Family First

George P. Bush is first in family to win his first election

(Newser) - For the first time ever, a member of the Bush family won his very first election . George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's son , was elected land commissioner in Texas last night, CBS Houston reports. "I could not be prouder of George. He ran a great campaign, built his own... More »

Secretly Recorded Lobbyist: I'm in 'Endless War'

Richard Berman tells execs to 'win ugly or lose pretty'

(Newser) - If Richard Berman likes keeping his tactics from the press, he won't like this. The corporate lobbyist was secretly recorded at a June event telling company executives how he "play[s] dirty" by publicizing embarrassing factoids about liberal celebrities and green activists, the New York Times reports via AllGov... More »

Oil-Rich Area Sees Spike in Baby Deaths

13 infant mortalities in Vernal, Utah, raise questions

(Newser) - Thirteen baby deaths in one part of Utah last year have some locals and scientists asking whether oil drilling is to blame, the Denver Post reports. Almost 12,000 gas and oil wells add to air pollution in Vernal, Utah—one of the nation's most energy-intensive areas—but many... More »

Fracking Creates Hot Commodity: Sand

Industry looking to gobble 95M pounds this year

(Newser) - The demand for sand is booming, and while you'll find it in cell phones and solar panels, the real beast driving up prices is the rather controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, which mixes sand with water and chemicals and pumps it underground to force out natural gas. As the... More »

Oklahoma Hit by 11 Quakes—in 2 Days

Record number of temblors in Sooner State may be from wastewater from fracking

(Newser) - Something shook Oklahoma all night long over the weekend—and it wasn’t the neighbors playing AC/DC too loud. The US Geological Survey recorded 11 small earthquakes, most in the magnitude 2.6 to 2.9 range, over Saturday and yesterday, reports the AP ; Tulsa World has a list. The... More »

Study: Fracking Causing Oklahoma Quakes

Wastewater injection triggers quakes miles away, researchers find

(Newser) - Earthquakes in Oklahoma are up more than a hundredfold in recent years, and a new study spies a pretty clear link between the shaking and the fracking that has given the state's economy a huge boost. Researchers took a close look at four specific sites where wastewater from oil... More »

Quakes Turn Texas Towns Against Fracking

Denton might become state's first town to ban it

(Newser) - Earthquakes used to be unheard of in the Texas towns of Azle and Reno. But from November to January, the area experienced 34 perceptible tremors, and while they were all minor, topping out at magnitude 3.6, residents are spooked—and blaming the local fracking industry, NBC News reports. Studies... More »

Oklahoma Warned of 'Damaging Quake'

USGS: Fracking process behind huge increase in quakes

(Newser) - Oklahoma is a much shakier place than it used to be and fracking is probably to blame, according to the United States Geological Survey , which warns that the central part of the state is now at increased risk of a damaging quake. The agency says that there were 183 quakes... More »

Family Wins $3M in Texas Fracking Case

They say they suffered asthma, nausea, depression

(Newser) - A Texas family suing a gas-drilling firm over alleged contamination of their ranch has won $3 million in what their lawyer calls Texas' first fracking verdict. Bob and Lisa Parr said their family, pets, and livestock developed ailments tied to fracking operations, driving them to evacuate their land on some... More »

US' New Hotbed of Seismic Activity: Oklahoma

Minor earthquakes spike; scientists suspect gas exploration

(Newser) - Oklahoma is positively shaking, and maybe not in a good way: A series of minor, 3-point-something earthquakes yesterday did no damage but underscore a new spike in temblors this year that some think is linked to the hunt for oil and gas. As of this month, the Sooner State has... More »

Exxon CEO Hops on Suit to Stop ... Fracking Activity

Rex Tillerson wants to keep a water tower out of his backyard

(Newser) - Lots of people wouldn't want fracking-related activities taking place near their homes—but when one of those people is the CEO of Exxon Mobil, it raises some eyebrows. The Wall Street Journal last week revealed that Exxon chief Rex Tillerson has joined a lawsuit spearheaded by former House Majority... More »

Chevron: Fracking Blast? Uh, Here's a Pizza for That

Residents get coupons as compensation for blast

(Newser) - Nothing like a little pizza to take the edge off ... a fracking explosion. Residents of rural Bobtown, Pennsylvania, were rocked by a fracking blast last week that sparked a five-day fire and apparently killed one rig worker, Gizmodo reports. But just days later, Chevron—which owns the fracking site—sent... More »

Protesters Glue Selves to Wrong Gas Pumps

Station changed hands, but UK fracking foes weren't aware

(Newser) - On the bright side, some anti-fracking protesters in Manchester, England, have gotten tons of free publicity for their cause. On the down side, it's for all the wrong reasons. The Bolton News reports that the protesters glued and locked themselves to gas pumps at a local station because gas... More »

A New Nuclear Waste Solution: Use It for Fracking?

Team proposes pumping it into, essentially, the center of the Earth

(Newser) - In a story seemingly designed to make a certain kind of environmentalist reach for a drink, researchers this week proposed a new solution for storing nuclear waste: using it as fracking fluid. The idea is that because nuclear waste is heavier than the rock you'd be shooting it into,... More »

We Need to Make Fracking Companies Tell Us More

Debate is too much in the dark: Gretchen Goldman

(Newser) - For as big a role as fracking plays in US energy production , the national conversation about it is sadly lacking, writes Gretchen Goldman at LiveScience . For that, blame the companies involved in the hunt for natural gas—along with inept government agencies, writes Goldman, an environmental engineer with the Union... More »

Fracking's New Side Effect: Radioactive Wastewater

Study finds high levels near a discharge site

(Newser) - Add this to ongoing debate about the merits and potential dangers of fracking : A Duke study uncovered high levels of radioactivity in water and sediment downstream from a fracking treatment plant in Pennsylvania, reports LiveScience . The researchers discovered the unexpected levels of radium in a creek near the Josephine Brine... More »

US Nearly World's New No. 1 Oil-and-Gas Producer

Combined output set to overtake Russia

(Newser) - The shale oil and gas boom has transformed energy markets so much that the US is on course to become the world's biggest combined oil-and-gas producer this year—if it hasn't already overtaken Russia. In July, America produced around 22 million barrels a day of oil, natural gas... More »

Colo. Floodwaters May Be Toxic Cocktail

Officials, activists fear leaks from fracking chemicals, oil tanks, sewage

(Newser) - If the floods in Colorado weren't devastating enough , officials and activists are worried that the floodwaters themselves could be contaminated with oil, chemicals, pesticides, and raw sewage. Though the extent of the problem is still unknown, locals have been photographing oil and gas wells, chemical stores, and wastewater facilities... More »

Gag Order on Kids? Wake Up, Fracking Industry

In settlement, family's young children ordered to keep silent

(Newser) - An unusual legal settlement now getting national attention is yet another example of why the fracking industry has such a lousy reputation, writes Loren Steffy at Forbes . The story first came to light courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , which reported on a $750,000 settlement for Chris and Stephanie Hallowich... More »

Study: Fracking Didn't Mess With Drinking Water

DOE study indicated chemical-laced fluids stayed well below aquifers

(Newser) - If you live near a fracking site, go pour yourself a nice, clean glass of water, because the Department of Energy is pretty sure it's safe. In a landmark study, federal researchers tagged fracking fluids with special markers at a Pennsylvania drilling site before injecting those fluids into the... More »

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