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Dangerous and Close

Oil and gas companies are fracking near our communities, polluting our air and water, and risking the health of our children and other vulnerable populations. Fracking often is done very close to vulnerable people – infants, school children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems – even though communities typically seek to keep industrial activities far away from facilities serving these populations, such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and day care centers. 

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Report: Children and the elderly at risk from "dangerous and close" fracking

Boston, Mass.– More than 650,000 kindergarten through twelfth grade children in nine states attend school within one mile of a fracked oil or gas well, putting them at increased risk of health impacts from dangerous chemicals and air pollution.

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Following national conference, mayors speak out for local control of fracking

INDIANAPOLIS - Following the United States Conference of Mayors here this weekend, over 30 mayors from more than a dozen states issued a statement today urging state and federal leaders to uphold local control of drilling.

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EPA bans fracking wastewater from sewage treatment plants

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has banned fracking wastewater from public sewage plants, citing the inability of these plants to handle toxic and radioactive pollutants.

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Good news: fracking leases canceled outside New Mexico's Chaco Canyon

WASHINGTON, DC -- Yesterday the Obama administration announced it was cancelling lease sales of over 2,000 acres near New Mexico's historic Chaco Canyon. Rachel Richardson, program director of Environment America's Stop Drilling Program issued a statement applauding the move.

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Methane rules a step forward, but short of what's needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today the Obama administration issued final rules controlling new oil and gas emissions of methane - the greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. Drilling and fracking operations are the single largest source of the pollutant, which accounts for a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas pollution.

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Colorado Supreme Court strikes down local fracking bans

DENVER, CO -- Colorado became the latest state to prevent local governments from regulating fracking today, when the state Supreme Court struck down bans in the towns of Longmont and Fort Collins.

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How 10 years of fracking has harmed our water, land and climate

Boston, MA–In a single year, fracking wells across the country released at least 5.3 billion pounds of the potent greenhouse gas methane, as much global warming pollution as 22 coal-fired power plants. The stat is one of many in a new study that quantifies the environmental harm caused by more 137,000 fracking wells permitted since 2005.

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A win for clean water in Florida as state senator abandons pro-fracking bill

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Fracking, the controversial drilling technique that has contaminated water supplies nationwide, was kept at bay in Florida today after Sen. Garrett Richter (R-Naples) abandoned his bill to promote it. The measure, Senate Bill 318, had been up for reconsideration after a bipartisan group of Senators defeated it last Thursday in committee.

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Bipartisan group of FL senators stall pro-fracking bill, but it could return

TALLAHASSEE, FL—Yesterday a bipartisan group of state senators beat back a measure to advance fracking in the state of Florida, voting down Senate Bill 318 10 to 9 in the Appropriations Committee. Florida Senate rules allow the bill to be reconsidered, however, and the bill could be voted on again as soon as next Tuesday.