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2011-09-07 13:53:59

With a technology called "fracking" sparking energy booms – and controversy – worldwide, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes advances in the workhorse materials used to produce oil and gas from previously inaccessible deposits deep below Earth's surface. C&EN is the American Chemical Society's weekly newsmagazine. In the article in C&EN's current edition, Senior Business Editor Melody M. Bomgardner explains that fracking or hydraulic fracturing involves...

2011-07-28 10:33:00

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Who are the multi-million dollar foundations and activists, nonprofits, media groups and academics that are attacking the natural gas industry and its safe, effective hydraulic fracturing process? Who spreads myths and lies about a business that has created thousands of jobs and has delivered energy extracted from U.S. lands to millions of Americans, reducing our dependence on foreign countries? In a report this week for Pennsylvania's...

2011-07-15 11:00:00

HOUSTON, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Mueller, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE: SWN) issued a statement today congratulating Texas Governor Rick Perry's decision to sign a hydraulic fracturing disclosure bill into law and expressing appreciation to Representative Jim Keffer and Senator Jane Nelson for their efforts to get this landmark legislation passed. "Southwestern Energy Company strongly supports Governor Perry's decision to require...

2011-06-07 07:30:00

TPPF's Kathleen Hartnett White examines the low risks and high rewards of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" AUSTIN, Texas, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "The U.S. has far more energy resources than any other country, yet no other country so limits and blocks access to its own energy supply," writes Kathleen Hartnett White in the latest issue of National Review. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100713/TPPFLOGO) Ms. White, Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy...

2011-01-17 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, the non profit organization Justice Through Music, www.jtmp.org, joined again with the band Op-Critical in a release of a new music video called "Freakin Frackin," about the extreme environmental damage caused by hydrofracking. It is posted on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-2HH5gZGkQ. Fracking is the process of drilling into shale beds, injecting massive amounts of dangerous and poisonous chemicals, and...

2010-12-21 10:00:00

Americans Unwilling to Trade Clean Drinking Water For Dirty Energy Production; Strong Support Across Party Lines Seen For Putting Emphasis on Energy Production With Minimum of Pollution. WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Do Americans think natural gas is as "clean" as it is touted as being by the energy industry? Nearly half of Americans (45 percent) are already very or somewhat aware of the controversy about hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") drilling used to tap cheap...

2010-08-17 10:19:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection has fined Atlas Resources LLC $97,350 for allowing used hydraulic fracturing fluids to overfill a wastewater pit and contaminate a high-quality watershed in Hopewell Township, Washington County. The violations were discovered on Dec. 5 and 6, 2009, at the Cowden 17 gas well on Old Trail Road off Route 844. Once the unknown quantity of fluid overflowed the impoundment's banks, it ran over the ground...

2010-06-14 14:24:00

Company pressed to reduce risk to investors in wake of recent natural gas accidents HOUSTON, June 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A proposal asking Ultra Petroleum to disclose what it is doing to reduce risks from toxic chemicals in natural gas drilling, and consider alternatives, won the support today of holders of 21 percent of the company's shares. The level of support was 4 times the typical level of support for a first-time environmental proposal [http://bit.ly/aAcnAS]. The proposal...


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  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
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