World / Science & Health Jun 19, 2015

Big injections of wastewater trigger quakes: study

The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America's heartland can ...

World / Science & Health Dec 18, 2014

Cuomo to ban fracking; health officials deem it unsafe

The New York state health department said fracking for natural gas can't be done safely, dooming prospects that Gov.Andrew Cuomo will end a six-year moratorium. Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said at a Cabinet meeting in Albany on Wednesday that studies on the extraction technique's ...

Promised Land

Film / Reviews Aug 13, 2014

Promised Land

by Giovanni Fazio

You can never be sure which Gus Van Sant you're getting when you are about to watch a film by this stylistically promiscuous director. Will it be the sympathetic chronicler of outsider teens ("My Own Private Idaho," "Paranoid Park"); the maker of mordantly funny ...

Commentary / World Jul 18, 2014

The real shale revolution

by John Kemp

It was the mastery of horizontal drilling around 1990 — originally for oil rather than gas exploration — that lit the long fuse for the so-called shale revolution that erupted 15 years later.

Shale oil to push U.S. past Russia, Saudi Arabia

Business Jul 10, 2014

Shale oil to push U.S. past Russia, Saudi Arabia

Four years into the shale revolution, the U.S. is on track to pass Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's largest producer of crude oil, most analysts agree. When that happens and by how much, though, has produced disparate estimates that depend on uncertain ...

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

World / Science & Health Jul 4, 2014

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

A new study explains how four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small and medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday ...

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

World Jul 1, 2014

Fracking 'causing methane leakage'

In the state of Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling ...

World energy use threatens water

World Mar 23, 2014

World energy use threatens water

Rising demand for energy, from biofuels to shale gas, is a threat to freshwater supplies, according to a United Nations report released Friday. The report urged energy companies to do more to limit their use of water in everything from cooling coal-fired power plants to ...

World / Science & Health Mar 14, 2014

New way found to convert natural gas

U.S. scientists said Thursday they have devised a potentially easier, cheaper and cleaner way to turn natural gas into usable fuels and chemicals — a discovery that could lead to natural gas products displacing oil products in the future. The process would be less complex ...