Giant mounds of sand sit by a rail spur at an 800-acre frac-sand facility run by Hi-Crush Partners in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin.

Sand turns a rural county upside-down

Jan 15, 2015
Fracking creates a sand rush in western Wisconsin, and not everyone is happy.
Posted In: fracking, sand

With oil prices down, small companies feel the squeeze

Jan 14, 2015
When oil prices drop, size and location matter to the survival of oil companies.
Posted In: crude oil, fracking, North Dakota
A moose confronts a driveway  in Pinedale, Wyoming.

To build housing, or not, for oil boom workers

Jan 6, 2015
When an investment is good for transient energy workers, but not for a small town.
Posted In: wyoming, fracking, oil boom, housing boom
Oil workers on a rig in Midland County, Texas.

How the oil boom woke up a Texas town

Dec 18, 2014
Kai talks with Adrian DeLeon, the mayor of Carrizo Springs, Texas.
Posted In: Oil, texas, fracking, eagle ford shale
Anti-fracking demonstrators protest in New York City.

New York is first state to ban fracking

Dec 17, 2014
Kai sits down with Marketplace's Scott Tong to talk fracking.
Posted In: fracking, New York, Oil
Gas is flared as waste in March from the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil is extracted using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, near Buttonwillow, California.

The problem with fracking

Nov 24, 2014
Fracked oil wells decline in output quickly -- requiring more fracked wells
Posted In: Oil, fracking, enviroment

Dirty 'frackwater' could yield lots of green

Nov 12, 2014
The market for cleaning up the briny waste water is likely to grow dramatically.
Posted In: fracking, conservation

The numbers for November 11, 2014

Nov 11, 2014
On Veterans Day, we look at Kai's time in the Navy and post-9/11 casualty rates.
Posted In: veterans, Iraq war, Afghanistan war, fracking, divorce, police
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking' hold placards during a rally in Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

Texas oil town votes to ban fracking

Nov 5, 2014
Denton, a college town in the middle of the oil patch, overwhelmingly votes against more fracking.
Posted In: denton, fracking, oil industry
Men with Cabot Oil and Gas work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa.

Low oil prices could hurt drillers carrying high debt

Nov 4, 2014
Energy companies that need to borrow to keep drilling could be hurt by low prices
Posted In: big oil, fracking, investors, oil industry