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How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.

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Drilling for Certainty: What We Can Learn From the Latest in Fracking Health Studies

ProPublica surveys some recent research on potential health implications of hydro fracking.

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The Dangers of Fracking: New Study Finds High Levels of Arsenic in Groundwater

A Q&A with Brian Fontenot, whose research gives the latest indication that fracking may be tied to arsenic contamination.

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Has the EPA Given Up on Trying to Monitor Fracking?

When the Environmental Protection Agency abruptly retreated on its investigation into water contamination in a central Wyoming natural gas field recently, it shocked environmentalists and energy industry supporters alike.

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This Is Your Town on Fracking

Elizabeth Royte finds herself stranded in Williston, North Dakota, at the heart of a new oil boom in the United States.

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The Environmental Defense Fund Is Pissing Off Fellow Environmentalists

Has the large advocacy group allowed itself to be “co-opted by industry interests”?

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The Energy Debate We Aren’t Having

The energy boom has the nation mired in chatter about a burgeoning job market, or panicked over certain environmental destruction. Instead, we should be asking: To whom will go the spoils of this bonanza, and on whose shoulders will the risks fall?

Anti-fracking activists hold a rally outside a Democratic Party policy summit in New York in August 2012 to express their opposition to fracking to Governor Andrew Cuomo. (PHOTO: ALLAN TANNENBAUM/NEWSCOM)

Air Boomtown

Gulfstreams and Dassault Falcons crowd the skies over Williston, North Dakota.

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A New Source of Oil (for the 1920s)

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The Big One

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