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Hydraulic Fracturing

Federal Agency Activities

See details on federal agency activities relating to oil and natural gas operations.

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U.S. Government Officials Comments on Hydraulic Fracturing

A significant body of both government and private research, including DOI’s own research finalized since the original May 2012 proposed rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands, continues to show that there are no documented cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating groundwater, from the Marcellus Shale to California.

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Study: New oil and gas production generates big savings for schools, states

A new study shows that America’s shale energy revolution is saving billions for local schools districts, as well as state and local taxpayers.

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Hydraulic Fracturing: Safe Oil and Natural Gas Extraction (video)

Hydraulic fracturing is a proven technology used safely for more than 60 years in more than a million wells. It uses water pressure to create fissures in deep underground shale formations that allow oil and natural gas to flow.

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10 facts everyone should know about shale energy

The economic impacts of developing shale gas resources are revolutionary. Hydraulic fracturing will account for nearly 75 percent of natural gas development in the future. Find out more in this Q&A.

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Facts About Hydraulic Fracturing and Seismic Activity

Hydraulic fracturing is an essential well completion technology for the development of unconventional resources, such as natural gas that is trapped in shale rock formations.

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Hydraulic Fracturing Best Practices Overview

API is the world’s leading standard-developing organization for the oil and natural gas industry. This document is an overview of industry guidance documents and best practices supporting hydraulic fracturing operations.

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What is Fracking and Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Development?

Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are safely unlocking vast U.S. reserves of oil and natural gas found in shale and other tight-rock formations.

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API's Review Shows Flaws in EPA Pavillion Groundwater and Monitoring Report

EPA has yet to demonstrate any evidence of hydraulic fracturing linked to groundwater contamination. EPA’s work at Pavillion, Wyo., joins Parker County, Texas and Dimock, Penn., as examples of unsound science leading to unsupported conclusions. Technical reports released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed that USGS groundwater sampling results contradicted EPA’s results and that the EPA monitoring wells created for the testing were unsuitable for groundwater quality assessment.

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EPA Proposals to Reduce Air Emissions from Hydraulic Fracturing

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a suite of regulatory requirements designed to reduce air emissions from the oil and natural gas industry. EPA has proposed new standards for several processes associated with oil and gas production that have not previously been subject to federal regulation.

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