Abrahm Lustgarten: Progress and Controversy Arrive With New Rules for Fracking on Public LandsMarch 2015
An initial review of rules issued by the Interior Department shows the federal government has taken important steps to protect drinking water resources, while not adopting the strictest regulations in place in some states.
Abrahm Lustgarten: New York State Bans FrackingDecember 2014
After years of delays and debate, Governor Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards.
Laura Gottesdiener: A Trip to Kuwait (on the Prairie)October 2014
Life inside the boom.
From Baghdad to the BakkenOctober 2014
American Empires: Home from the oil wars abroad, US service members and military contractors are flocking to North Dakota’s emerging boomtowns.
Naveena Sadasivam: For Oil and Gas Companies, Rigging Seems to Involve Wages, TooSeptember 2014
Department of Labor investigations have uncovered cases in which oil and gas workers are being cheated of earnings.
Michael Klare: Oil Rush in AmericaSeptember 2014
How a global warming president presides over a drill-baby-drill America.
Abrahm Lustgarten: California Halts Injection of Fracking Waste, Warning it May Be Contaminating AquifersJuly 2014
State’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as California aquifers have been intentionally polluted.
Naveena Sadasivam: In Fracking Fight, a Worry About How Best to Measure Health ThreatsApril 2014
The agency's manual is explicit about what to do if someone reports concerns about a noxious odor but is not at that very moment experiencing the smell: 'DO NOT REGISTER THE COMPLAINT.'
Heather Samples: In the Land of the Heavy LiftingFebruary 2014
What the Elk River contamination tells us about a fading West Virginian mythos and the new meaning of Coal Country.
Ellen Cantarow: The Frontlines of FrackingJanuary 2014
What if fracking came to a town near you?
Ground TruthingAugust 2013
The writer-activist on the qualities of silence, bearing witness to trauma, and seeking sustenance in the world’s fragile beauty.
Abrahm Lustgarten: EPA Drops the Ball, AgainJuly 2013
In its latest abdication, the EPA hands over the Wyoming Fracking Study to a drilling company.
David Morris: Hidden Power Grab Stops Communities From Deciding Their Own FuturesMay 2013
Increasingly states are quashing the power of local governments—and thwarting innovation.
Ellen Cantarow: The DownwindersMay 2013
Fracking ourselves to death in Pennsylvania.
Justin Elliott: Another Layer to Rendell’s Fracking ConnectionsApril 2013
The former Pennsylvania governor is a paid consultant of the natural gas industry.
Abrahm Lustgarten: Land Grab Cheats North Dakota Tribes Out of $1 Billion, Suits AllegeFebruary 2013
A controversy implicates tribal politicians, Wall Street traders, and oil speculators.
Ellen Cantarow: Frack FightNovember 2012
Activists are waging a secret war, and the stakes couldn't be higher.
Michael T. Klare: Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?June 2012
President Obama's approach to energy policy is surprisingly close Dick Cheney's. What this tells us about America's new nationalism.
Michael Klare: A New Energy Third World in North America?April 2012
How the big energy companies plan to turn the United States into a third-world petro-state.