Groundbreaking Study: Water Demand Impacts Fracking Worldwide

On World Water Day, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has released a study that maps for the first time the water resources available to support fracking in the world’s largest shale exploration areas. The study, “Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risk,” found that 40 percent of countries with the largest shale energy resources could suffer from water stress: competing demands on their renewable water supply that could make it problematic to use that water for fracking.

Groundbreaking Study: Water Demand Impacts Fracking Worldwide.

#Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed in Early Research – Bloomberg

The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are needed before drawing conclusions.

Fracking Link to Birth Defects Probed in Early Research – Bloomberg.

Colorado Town Sues State, Gov. Hickenlooper and COGA to Protect Right to Ban Fracking | EcoWatch

In a state wracked with clashes over its explosive expansion of fracking, residents of Lafayette, Colorado just outside Boulder, have filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent the state of Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) from taking away the town’s right to ban the practice.

Colorado Town Sues State, Gov. Hickenlooper and COGA to Protect Right to Ban Fracking | EcoWatch.