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Author: The Gaia Foundation. 2014.

UnderMining Agriculture alerts us to the impact that the extractive industries are having on our capacity to feed ourselves and the health of our planet’s ecosystems.

Fracking Failures Report Winter 2015

Oil and Gas Industry Environmental Violations in Pennsylvania and What They Mean for the U.S.

Written by: Jeff Inglis, Frontier Group and John Rumpler, Environment America Research & Policy Center. Winter 2015

The Urgent Case for a Ban on Fracking

A report by Food & Water Watch - an organisation that works to ensure the food and water we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

This report should be read keeping in mind that it is a "Pro-fracking" report and should be analysed to understand the arguments used by institutions that are in most cases funded by government or the oil and gas industry, or by both. This report was made available in 2012.

Although shale drilling operations for oil and natural gas have increased greatly in the past decade, few studies directly quantify the impacts of shale development on plants and wildlife.

The potential environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) as they relate to human health have been discussed at great depth, but there are relatively few major federal laws governing fracking activities.[1]

High-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing (HVHHF) occurs at increasing density across potentially 280,000 km2 of the eastern United States
underlain at depth by the natural gas–bearing Marcellus and Utica shales. These industrial installations and their edge effects alter as much as 80% of local landscapes.

The global development of ‘unconventional’ fossil fuels (UFF) such as shale gas has provoked much debate involving scientists,
industry, political decision-makers, environmental groups and civil society.

November 2012 - Commissioner Overview

If someone had said eighteen months ago, that I would be releasing a report on fracking, I would have looked at them in puzzlement. How quickly things change.

Eastern states from New York to West Virginia are undergoing largescale development of natural gas resources from the Marcellus shale.

This is part 1 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

Some farmers look at potential Marcellus shale drilling as a boon: Lease rentals and royalties could make it possible to pass the family farm to the next generation. Others fear that the highly industrialized drilling process will contaminate land, water, and, ultimately, the food we eat.

This is part 2 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

In June, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) asked Pennsylvania’s governor and legislature to place a moratorium on unconventional gas extraction (commonly called hydrofracking).

This is part 3 of a series of articles on Fracking the Farm.

On an August Sunday in 2009, Angel and Wayne Smith were relaxing on their porch after finishing the farm chores. Suddenly they heard an explosion.

The fracking boom hadn't begun yet in Pennsylvania when J. Stephen Cleghorn and his wife purchased a rundown 50-acre farm in Jefferson County with the intention of building it up into a certified organic farm selling vegetables and goat dairy products.

Environmental concerns surrounding drilling for gas are intense due to expansion of shale gas drilling operations. Controversy surrounding the impact of drilling on air and water quality has pitted industry and lease - holders against individuals and groups concerned with environmental protection and public health.

Land, water, and air are affected by the Marcellus Shale natural gas extraction process. However, the level of impact on all three vital resources can be alleviated by responsible decision-making of companies, governments, and individuals. All Pennsylvanians can be part of promoting responsible decisions through advocating for carefully written leases, enforceable state and federal regulations, and on-going monitoring.

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