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Fracking Time for a Step Back

July 29, 2015 by Steve Heisler

Fracking Analysis

Fracking is one of the hottest environmental topics under discussion these days, and for good reason: Many known dangers exist. Additionally, there may be more problems we haven’t yet discovered, because the fracking process currently in use has a short safety track record.[read more]

The Growing Risk of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

February 24, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Crude Oil Rail Risk

By now you have probably heard that a CSX train carrying Bakken crude from North Dakota’s shale oil fields derailed and caught fire. While the cause is still under investigation, the train was carrying 109 tankers of crude oil. 26 of the cars left the tracks, and several caught fire.[read more]

Protecting Workers and Communities During the Clean Energy Transition

February 11, 2015 by Peter Lehner

In some West Virginia and Kentucky counties, coal accounts for up to 40% of the workforce. Yet these coal-dependent counties also have some of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the region. As we shift to cleaner sources of energy, we need to help communities make the transition successfully.[read more]


US Shale Oil: The Convergence of a Global Commodity, US Policy, and Local Effects

January 14, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

Oil Policy and Prices, and Local Impacts

Advancements in drilling technology and high global oil prices have enabled the development of domestic shale oil. US energy and financial policy further fueled the boom. In the midst of the rapid price decline, we should not forget the at-risk communities across the country that are responsible for the nation's bounty.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Didn’t Expect a 25-Year-Old Man to Get Beaten to Death'

October 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fracking Boom and Community Risk

For a stark on-the-ground report from the hub of Bakken Shale oil & gas development, read this story by Laura Gottesdiener. It provides a glimpse inside the boom that often gets lost in the maze of production figures, reserves estimates, and market analysis that dominates reporting on the issue.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Not Ghost Towns Anymore...'

September 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fracking and Communities

What does the term “fracking” mean to you? Chances are there are numerous answers to that question because the term has vaulted into US vernacular and political debates virtually overnight, along with the astonishing domestic oil and gas production increases to which hydraulic fracturing is directly related.[read more]

Ocean Acidification: What is It, and Which Communities are at Risk?

January 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Ocean Acidification and Risk

Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Association, worries about Maine’s mudflats. That’s because in some areas these low-lying coastal wetlands have become acidic enough to kill young clams before they reach maturity.[read more]