West Virginia's Supreme Court Sends Mixed Messages in Cases Pitting Landowners Against Natural Gas Companies
The court has upheld a ruling preventing gas companies from prospecting on people's land without permission, but threw out a series of lawsuits complaining of the nuisance created by their operations.
How Communities in the U.K. Are Taking on Fracking
The Conservative British government has rallied behind fracking, but in Lancashire and beyond, locals are pushing back.
Big Oil Has Spent Millions Trying to Defeat a California County's Ballot Measure
Oil companies have contributed $8 million to fight against Measure G, a ballot measure in San Luis Obispo County that would block the expansion of local oil operations.
Dispatches: Santa Barbarans Rally Against Efforts to Expand Fracking in California
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The Lede, Issue #38: Fracking in California, an Investigation Into Nike, the Endless Complexity of r/relationships, and More
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Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a look at how insurance companies are turning on homeowners in fire-prone regions to a write-up of a new report on how to change eating behavior.
Inside the Fight Over Extracting Water From Texas for Fracking in New Mexico
The oil business in New Mexico is booming, but due to the state's stricter laws the groundwater being used to access petroleum is pumped in from Texas.
The EPA Says Fracking Isn't That Awful for Drinking Water After All
A long-awaited report from the Environmental Protection Agency is a boon for the gas industry—sort of.
From Fracking to Tainted Fish, How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Cripple the West
The Obama administration maintains that the proposed international trade agreement would be good for the American people and the economy, but there's a reason all negotiations have been shrouded in secrecy.
It's Time to Take Man-Made Earthquakes as Seriously as We Do Natural Ones
That means monitoring historically inactive areas, such as north central Texas, the way we now monitor earthquake-happy California.
Progress and Controversy Arrive With New Rules for Fracking on Public Lands
An initial review of rules issued by the Interior Department shows the federal government has taken important steps to protect drinking water resources, while not adopting the strictest regulations in place in some states.