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PHOTO: Certified organic farmer Mick Luber of Bluebird Farm in Cadiz, Ohio, says he's concerned about what possible contamination from nearby fracking operations could mean for the future of his business. Photo credit: Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Assn.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Certified organic farming is a growing business in Ohio, but some farmers warn that the threat of contamination from hydraulic fracturing could dampen its future. Some of the chemicals used in fracking have been identified as naturally-occurring toxic substances, metals, and radioac ...Read More

PHOTO: Since the Freedom Industries chemical spill this spring, West Virginia voters have been overwhelmingly concerned about issues of drinking-water protections, according to a new poll. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia voters overwhelmingly favor strong clean-water protections, and most are even willing to pay more taxes to get them. In a new poll voters were asked about specific water protections such as environmental monitoring and hiring the inspectors to do it; as well as the ...Read More

PHOTO: New vehicles in the U.S. are getting better gas mileage than ever before, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Drivers are saving money at the pump, as U.S. fuel economy reaches an all-time high, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA reports that model year 2013 vehicles achieved an average of 24.1 miles per gallon. That reflects a half-mile per gallon improveme ...Read More

PHOTO: Increased traffic accidents are among the top concerns of residents in Ohio's most heavily-drilled counties compiled in a new report. Photo courtesy of Lynn Anderson, Frack Free Mahoning.

CARROLLTON, Ohio – The results of a four-month project highlight the concerns, hopes and fears of those who live in Ohio's shale country. Over the course of four months, the social advocacy group Listening Project gathered the feelings of nearly 800 people of Carroll, Columbiana, and neighbor ...Read More

PHOTO: As the federal government considers new limits on methane emissions, Texas is among the 10 states in the nation with the most to gain economically from the emerging methane mitigation industry. Photo credit: Alex/Flickr.

HOUSTON - As concern around oil and gas methane emissions continues to grow, those companies in Texas and across the country that provide solutions to reduce this industry's pollution can also help spur economic growth A new analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund identifies 76 companie ...Read More

Photo: New technologies involved with methane mitigation promise to reduce waste and generate job growth in Colorado and beyond. Photo courtesy: Environmental Defense Fund

DENVER - Oil and gas operations in Colorado are drilling down for the valuable fossil fuels found under the soil, but a growing number of companies are making sure that no product is wasted in the process. A new report released by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) highlights the growth of techno ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Proximity to a high-risk chemical facility is part of the school day for 19.6 million kids who attend schools in so-called vulnerability zones, according to a new report. Image courtesy of Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Schools are supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that hundreds of thousands of Missouri kids attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone." The level of risk associated with a particular chemical facility has to do with the q ...Read More

PHOTO: Train carrying crude oil. A Bay Area environmental group has sued a Sacramento air-quality district for failing to require an environmental review of a crude-oil transfer station at McClellan Business Park in Sacramento. Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An environmental group is accusing air-quality officials of sneaking under the radar and quietly "rubber-stamping" permits for a crude-oil transfer station at a former air force base. A lawsuit filed by Earthjustice claims the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management Distr ...Read More

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