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4 Scary New Finds About Fracking

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Faculty and staff at the Community College of Philadelphia want their institution to "severe all ties to the Marcellus Shale Coalition and the gas fracking industry." Their recently passed resolution came after the college accepted $15,000 from industry group Marcellus Shale Coalition and then decided to open an "Energy Training Center." The Philadelphia Inquirer explained that, "The college aims to prepare students to work for local companies doing Marcellus-related work." The resolution from faculty and staff instead calls on the college "to expand its initiatives and offerings in clean, green energy and environmental career fields," EcoWatch reports.

The pushback is a welcome development because it's not often that fracking is followed by much good news. Here's a look at some other headlines that fracking grabbed this week.

1. What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

By now you likely know that most states (and the federal government) don't require companies that frack oil and gas wells to disclose the multitude of chemicals in the toxic slurry that gets pumped underground. This is problematic for so many reasons, and here is just the latest. Ben Elgin, Benjamin Haas and Phil Kuntz reported for Bloomberg that, "A subsidiary of Nabors Industries Ltd. (NBR) pumped a mixture of chemicals identified only as 'EXP- F0173-11' into a half-dozen oil wells in rural Karnes County, Texas, in July." 


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