North Carolina Fracking Fracas

North Carolina is the latest state to look at allowing development of its shale gas deposits using hydrologic fracturing (or fracking). On the American Rivers blog, we have previously discussed the hazards to our rivers and clean water supplies that fracking poses. Most recently, we highlighted the concerns surrounding natural gas development with the inclusion… Read more »

New Report: Fracking Has Serious Impact to Water Resources

A guest post by Evan Hansen and Meghan Betcher with Downstream Strategies, which offers environmental consulting services that combine sound interdisciplinary skills with a core belief in the importance of protecting the environment and linking economic development with natural resource stewardship. Trucks on the Marcellus Shale | Downstream Strategies In recent years, natural gas production… Read more »

Delaware Commission Delays Permit for Frack Water Withdrawal

The fight continues for America’s Most Endangered River of 2010, the Upper Delaware.  Yesterday, the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) unanimously voted to postpone a decision on a water withdrawal permit for fracking in the Marcellus Shale.  The permit was proposed by XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.  DRBC had received 7100 emails and another… Read more »

North Carolina Fracking Law Vetoed, Veto Overturned

UPDATE 7-3-12 4 PM — Unfortunately, the environmentalist in the NC House were not able to sustain the veto the Governor issued over the weekend. As RandomAction notes, it appears that the deciding vote was an erroneous vote by a Representative from Charlotte- Becky Carney, who has been against fracking from the beginning. When she… Read more »

Fracking The Headwaters Of The Potomac? Bad Idea.

This is a guest post by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field and enjoys exploring the last frontier. Jackson River, VA flows through the George Washington National… Read more »

Sand Mining for Fracking in Texas

On our 2011 list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers™, we highlighted many types of mining, from uranium to copper and gold to coal. It is no secret that extractive industries tend to be hard on the environment.  When we listed our #1 Most Endangered River this year, the Susquehanna River, for natural gas development, we… Read more »

Should We Trade Energy for Water?

Guest post by JD Willoughby. JD has worked to protect and restore natural resources for more than 20 years in the Chesapeake Bay. Now located in Anchorage, AK, she continues her work in the natural resources field. Thirty-six percent of all U.S. wells are in areas experiencing groundwater depletion | Ceres The nation’s most drought-stressed… Read more »

Don’t Frack the Hoback!

Take Action to Protect theHoback River   Send a letter to PXP today asking them to donate or sell their gas leases to a conservation buyer! What would the American public think if energy companies proposed drilling for oil in Yellowstone National Park? We’d be outraged, of course. How about if an energy company proposed… Read more »

Say No to Fracking for North Carolina

With a recent victory to postpone a vote to open up the Delaware River Basin to fracking (hydraulic fracturing for natural gas), it looks like there is some understanding of the potential adverse impacts of fracking on our clean water supplies. Our listing of the Susquehanna River as number one on the list of the… Read more »