Many countries welcome fracking - a gas extraction technique - as a chance to revolutionize their energy industries. But Germany is skeptical, seeing this relatively new technology as environmentally hazardous. Is it wasting an opportunity to reduce dependency on gas imports?
Cato Institute (Feb. 4, 2013) Hydraulic fracking is controversial, but should it be? Phelim McAleer, director of the film, FrackNation, argues that fracking's critics have vastly overstated their ... watch video
AP (Mar. 11, 2013) In Northern Pennsylvania, natural gas in the Marcellus Shale formation is being extracted from deep beneath the ground using fracking. The AP's Lee Powell found drilling rigs wired for remote control ... watch video
CBC (May 17, 2013) Gros Morne National Park's status as a world heritage site may be in jeopardy due to plans for controversial oil exploration on Newfoundland's west coast, CBC News has learned.
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Reuters (Aug. 12, 2013) UK Prime Minister David Cameron has given his unequivocal backing to the divisive "fracking" process used to extract shale gas from rocks, risking angering his party's supporters from more rural ... watch video
Reuters (July 19, 2013) The British government is hoping to create the world's most generous shale tax regime, slashing the tax on income on shale production from 62 percent to 30 percent. It's hoped the incentive will help ... watch video
Oct. 9, 2015 Materials scientist have just discovered a way to give the workhorse transistor a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide, one of a family of materials called functional ... read more
Oct. 5, 2015 New research offers clues that could help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming carbon dioxide to useful products. The study reveals how a simple rearrangement of molecular ... read more
Oct. 8, 2015 Expectant mothers who live near active natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely and for having high-risk pregnancies, ... read more
Oct. 8, 2015 A research team has created the exotic ring-shaped magnetic effects called skyrmions under ambient room conditions for the first time. The achievement brings skyrmions a step ... read more
Sep. 24, 2014 Concerns that fluids from hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' are contaminating drinking water abound. Now, scientists are bringing to light another angle that adds to the controversy. A ... read more
Apr. 23, 2014 The shale gas boom has transformed the energy landscape in the U.S., but in some drier locations, it could cause conflict among the energy industry, residents and agricultural interests over ... read more
Nov. 5, 2012 In communities across the US, people are hearing more and more about a controversial oil and gas extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing – aka, hydro-fracking. Controversies pivot on some ... read more
July 16, 2012 As the natural gas extraction process known as fracking surges across Pennsylvania, scientists are trying to understand what the short- and long-term consequences could be for the state's ... read more