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Central Texas sand mines shift west, taking jobs with them

by Andy Uhler May 13, 2019
The market for McCulloch County sand has been drying up.
BRADY, TX. January 28, 2019. The Momentive Sand Plant outside of Brady.
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Energy giants to ramp up Permian Basin fracking

by , and Mar 5, 2019
The Permian Basin is now far from the preserve of the independent producer.
Pump jacks are seen using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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In West Texas, growing oil production comes with deadly highways

by Travis Bubenik Mar 4, 2019
A combinations of dense traffic and time-pressed truckers has led to a spike in fatal crashes.
Trucking instructor Don Jefferies outside the training class he teaches at Houston Community College. 
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After 7-year ban, fracking for gas resumes in U.K.

by Stephen Beard Nov 8, 2018
Drilling company contends with protests as minor earthquakes trigger delays.
Anti-fracking protester Julie Daniels standing outside the fracking site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire.
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Fracking made the U.S. a major oil producer, but not energy independent

by , and Sep 12, 2018
Author of "Saudi America," Bethany McLean tells us about why the key ingredient in fracking is capital, not chemicals.
A Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. The process is controversial with critics who say it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades.
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How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural America

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Jun 12, 2018
About a decade ago, some in this country saw fracking as the solution to decades of economic decline. But others were determined to stop it.
A Consol Energy horizontal gas drilling rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in 2012.
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Oil prices creep up as the global economy grows

by Scott Tong Jan 25, 2018
With the world’s major economies chugging along, people are using more oil. That means more demand for crude, just as some places that supply it are cutting back. Some production cuts are intentional — like Saudi Arabia’s — but other…

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"The public has a right to know": Fracking companies don't have to disclose chemicals linked to health concerns

by Scott Tong Nov 15, 2017
With drilling and fracking, the ingredients that make up the chemicals used to obtain oil and gas are legally allowed to be kept confidential.
A natural gas drill at a hydraulic fracturing site on in Springville, Pennsylvania, in 2012.
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The link between fracking and health issues

by Marketplace Contributor Nov 15, 2017
Cause and effect can be difficult to prove, but here are a series of studies showing the potential connection between fracking and health risks.
A Cabot Oil & Gas natural gas drill stands at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pennsylvania. The process is controversial with critics who say it could poison water supplies, while the natural-gas industry says it's been used safely for decades.
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Documents show undisclosed EPA health concerns on fracking chemicals

by Scott Tong Nov 14, 2017
The agency approved chemicals that carry risks including tumors and poisoning of the lungs.
Pump jacks are seen using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
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