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The much-anticipated intelligence report which concluded that Russia tried to influence the recent presidential election had another startling, yet widely ignored, conclusion: The Russian government promotes anti-fracking propaganda in the United States.

Russia accomplishes this through its "news" network, RT, which promotes the Kremlin's interests around the world. The report, issued by the Director of National Intelligence, states bluntly:

RT runs anti-fracking programming, highlighting environmental issues and the impacts on public health. This is likely reflective of the Russian Government's concern about the impact of fracking and US natural gas production on the global...

Hydrofracking.47c1aabd-225x146In the largest study of its kind, a group of researchers from Yale University, led by Brian D. Drollette and Dr. Desiree Plata of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, studied the chemicals in groundwater obtained from 64 wells in three Pennsylvania counties where fracking is taking place. They were seeking evidence for groundwater contamination produced from the process of fracking, technically known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing. However, the research team found no such evidence.

The researchers reported no association with deeper pollution sources, nor for...

A recent study links high-volume hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking," to higher pre-term birth rates.

But the conclusion isn't really warranted. The study found an 11 percent early birth rate among mothers near the drilling sites, while the CDC proclaims that the national pre-term delivery rate is 11.5 percent.

That's not really a meaningful difference when we consider variables such as genetic factors, history of prior pregnancy issues, drug/alcohol use in the parents, etc. None of those...

Hydrofracking.47c1aabdHopewell Township, New Jersey has decided to block an expansion of the PennEast Pipeline through the township. The pipeline was proposed to bring natural gas from Marcellus shale deposits in Pennsylvania to previously existing pipelines in the area. What were their reasons to object? The same tired anti-fracking rhetoric that has been spun by activists who have somehow forgotten they lobbied for more natural gas just two decades ago.

Yes, the fuel extracted by fracking in the Marcellus shale is not a carbon free emission source but it is certainly much better than burning coal and opponents...

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has since 1978 been single-mindedly devoted to debunking health and science nonsense purveyed by agenda-driven activists and demagogue politicians, eagerly abetted by the sensation-seeking media. We call such tripe "junk science."

Over the past two years, we have published major peer-reviewed studies on three important topics: agricultural biotechnology (commonly referred to as "GMOs"); nicotine and health, an understanding of which is key to figuring out how to deal with our nation's #1 public health problem, smoking; and high-volume hydraulic shale fracturing to harvest the huge volume of natural gas (and other "fossil fuels") contained therein: commonly known as "...

What do New York environmental activists know about science that the entire EPA and earth scientists in 20 states do not?

Well, nothing. But science and health was not the reason for New York state's recent decision to formally ban natural gas extraction using hydraulic fracturing - fracking.

Dr. Gil Ross, Senior Director of Medicine and Public Health for the American Council on Science and Health, notes in the New York Post that the issue had little to do with the public and more to do with standard scientization of politics - in this case, wanting a reason to ban fracking and finding someone who would dutifully compile a...

Fracked well at sunsetThe latest scare promulgated by the forces of anti-technology and anti-fossil fuel comes disguised as a health warning. Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, led by Reynold Panettieri Jr., its deputy director, studied the potential health effects of living near a fracked drilling site. Their research appeared in the recent edition of the open-access journal...

Hydrofracking.47c1aabdWhen it was announced a few years ago that American carbon dioxide emissions were back at 1990s levels, the Obama administration gave credit to his control of the Environmental Protection Agency. His critics contended emissions were lower because so many people were out of work due to his economic policies.

They were both wrong. Emissions were lower because we...

Fracking by ACSHAn op-ed in the pro-drilling blog site Natural Gas Now by Science 2.0 s Hank Campbell skewers the anti-fracking enviro s for their sheer hypocrisy. Ostensibly devoted to saving the earth and similar high-minded endeavors, the essay exposes the rampant agenda behind their crusade against shale drilling for tight oil in New York State s Marcellus shale deposits.

Campbell points out that those marching in the streets demanding Don t Frack New York have zero evidence of fracking...