Fracking

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near McKittrick, California.

STUDY: Pennsylvania's Communities of Color In More Danger From Health Consequences of Fracking

Researchers found a disproportionate number of people of color living near power plants. 

A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas.

Trump Administration to Reverse Rule That Keeps Public Water Sources Clean

The Bureau of Land Management claims that the Obama-era fracking regulation places too heavy a burden on the oil and gas industries.

A protestor holds a sign during a demonstration against fracking in California on May 30, 2013.

Maryland Becomes 3rd State to Ban Fracking

The move came after many years of environmental activism.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt does a television interview at the U.S. Capitol before President Donald Trump delivers a speech to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017.

EPA No Longer Requires Methane Emissions Information from Oil and Natural Gas Companies

The agency started requiring the information in May 2016 as a step towards decreasing greenhouse gases.

Pump jacks and wells are seen in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near McKittrick, California.

STUDY: In Almost 10 Years, 4 States Saw 6,600+ Spills from Fracking

North Dakota, where the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is almost complete, had the highest number.

A fracking site is situated on the outskirts of town in the Permian Basin oil field on January 21, 2016, in the oil town of Midland, Texas.

Case on Federal Regulatory Power Over Fracking on Public Lands Pushed to March

This means that President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will oversee the decision.

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The Biggest Environmental Justice Wins of 2016

It was the year three California counties banned fracking, a tribe beat big oil and more.

Colorlines screenshot of EPA hydraulic fracturing study, taken on December 14, 2016.

EPA Report on Fracking Study Admits Process Impacts Drinking Water

The final assessment differed significantly from a controversial draft released in June 2015.

Colorlines screenshot of talk show host interview with Amy Oliver Cooke, taken on December 2, 2016.

Latest Trump EPA Pick Is Pro-Fracking and Anti-Clean Energy

Amy Oliver Cooke looks forward to  a “very different” EPA with the new White House. 

A swallows flies over a canal in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014, near Lost Hills, California.

Investigation Exposes EPA Downplayed Fracking Study Language

Earlier versions clearly indicated that the extractive process contaminated some drinking water sources, but wording was changed to imply otherwise. 

The sun rises over an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation in California where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 24, 2014. Voters in Monterey County just passed a ban on fracking.

The Climate Win This Election That No One Is Talking About

In California, one county passed a ban against fracking.

On January 15, 2016, in Washington, DC, activists urged the EPA to shut down Southern California Gas Company's Aliso Canyon storage facility for sickening residents in Porter Ranch, California.

REPORT: America's Natural Gas Storage Situation is Subpar, Unsafe

Hundreds of the facilities are less than three miles from residential areas.

The playground of Sequoia Elementary School in Shafter, California, where Rodrigo Romo's daughers attended, is no more than 400 feet from a fracking well.

For Some California Kids, Back-to-School Means Back To The Dangers of Fracking Wells

With a pending lawsuit, one father is taking action against his community’s growing health crisis.

An oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on March 24, 2014, near Lost Hills, California, a Latinx community. Studies have linked the process to health problems.

Two New Studies Emphasize the Health Risks of Fracking

Researchers claim the process can be harmful to fertility and cause a host of other medical problems. 

Protestors hold signs during a demonstration against fracking in California on May 30, 2013, in San Francisco, California.

Bay Area County Snubs Fossil Fuel Industry, Finalizes Fracking Ban

Alameda County is the fifth in California to do so.

Primatene Mist, a nonprescription inhaler used to help asthma patients breathe better during an asthma attack.

Study Suggests That Fracking May Worsen Asthma

People who live close to drilling sites are more likely to be treated to asthma than those farther away.

The great kiva in the plaza of Chetro Ketl

Indigenous Leaders Caravan Across the Country to Call for an End to Fracking

The group is leaving from Flagstaff, Arizona, today and will end up in Philadelphia on July 24 for the March for a Clean Energy Revolution, which dovetails with the Democratic National Convention. 

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Train Derails in Texas, Spilling Fracking Chemicals into Latinx Community

The state leads when it comes to the extractive process. That comes at a cost.

Colorlines Screenshot of the U.S. Conference of Mayors logo, taken on June 29, 2016.

Mayors Urge State Leaders to Put Fracking in Local Control

State legislatures have prevented cities from banning fracking in the past. More than 30 mayors from 14 states have come together to insist that they the should have the power to decide whether fracking happens in their cities.

WATCH: Comedians and Activists Ask California Governor Jerry Brown, 'What The Frack?'

Comedian Kristina Wong: “You don’t sh*t where you eat, and you shouldn’t frack where you drink.”