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Grist: Here's what fracking can do to your health

If you know one thing about fracking, it might be that the wells have been linked to explosive tap water. Of course, a tendency toward combustion isn't the biggest problem with gas-infused water; it's what could happen to you when you drink it.


Mother Jones: Here's What Fracking Can Do to Your Health

A new study examines the potential hazards of natural gas extraction.


CleanTechnica: EDF Burned By Its Own Fracking Study, Sez Gas Experts


Scientific American: Switching from coal to natural gas may be better for the climate than previously thought: new measurements see lower fugitive emissions from fracking

A new study finds that methane emissions from shale gas production are nearly 50 times lower than previous estimates, improving the climate benefit of switching from coal to natural gas.


The Hill: Study finds limited greenhouse gas emissions from fracking

The oil-and-gas industry saw the new numbers as an indication that additional fracking regulations are not necessary.

Hydraulic fracturing involves high-pressure injections of water, chemicals and sand into rock formations to release trapped gas.

Natural gas produces far less carbon than coal does when burned to produce electricity. However, advocates and opponents of the energy resource have sparred over how much methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas, is leaked as a result of natural gas development. Some researchers have asserted that methane pollution caused by fracking makes the processas destructive to the climate as coal. Environmentalists who have opposed hydraulic fracturing asserted on Monday that the industry-backed analysis was deeply flawed.

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