Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a method of drilling for natural gas that is being increasingly used across the US. Unfortunately, this process is rife with toxic chemicals, many of which are resulting increased air pollution in communities.

GCM is working with communities to develop a toxic fingerprint of air pollution for this Extreme Energy.

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Read the latest updates from the national movement fighting the impacts of natural gas operations and fracking.


Farmers Sue California Over Injection Wells

Posted on Jun 3rd, 2015

An SFGate piece on litigation by Central Valley farmers alleging the California Governor and oil companies conspired to pollute aquifers.

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Toxic air: Are the emissions from oil and gas wells dangerous to public health?

Posted on Jun 2nd, 2015

An article from the Caspar Star Tribune focused on Deb Thomas and her work to address air pollution from the oil and gas industry in Wyoming.

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Testing The Air- Environmental Group Measures Gas Impact on Air Quality

Posted on May 27th, 2015

An article from the Argus Observer discusses our latest Bucket Brigade project in Idaho.

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LA Times Focuses on Illegal Wastewater Pits in Central Valley

Posted on Feb 26th, 2015

Water officials in Kern County discovered that oil producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into hundreds of unlined pits that are operating without proper permits.

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Legal Petition Urges Gov. Brown to Impose Emergency Fracking Moratorium After Oil Waste Illegally Dumped Into California Aquifers

Posted on Feb 26th, 2015

150 Community, Environmental and Health Groups Press Governor for Urgent Action Amid Revelations of Aquifer Contamination, Benzene in Fracking Wastewater

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SFGate: State let oil companies taint drinkable water in Central Valley

Posted on Feb 1st, 2015

An investigative report on how California allowed companies to drill more than 170 waste-disposal wells into drinking or irrigation aquifers.

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Plant expansions fueled by shale gas boom to boost greenhouse gas, toxic air emissions

Posted on Dec 10th, 2014

At least 120 planned plant expansions driven by the fracking boom collectively could release 130 million tons per year of greenhouse…

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Discover Magazine: Groundbreaking Air Quality Study Demonstrates the Power of Citizen Science

Posted on Nov 6th, 2014

An article by Gwen Ottinger talking about the power of citizen science, GCM's national report on fracking and the Community-Based Science for Action Conference.

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Air near fracking sites carries cancer risk, study finds

Posted on Oct 31st, 2014

Tests of air around homes near natural gas drilling wells and other production equipment in five state found potentially carcinogenic levels of…

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Environmental Health Journal Publishes Community-based Exploratory Study

Posted on Oct 31st, 2014

Air concentrations of volatile compounds near oil and gas production: a community-based exploratory study Gregg P Macey1, Ruth Breech2, Mark…

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