Fracking Banned in New York

By SPIKE TSONG, age 10 Before the New York fracking ban, many groups, including New Yorkers Against Fracking and Don’t Frack New York, organized protests to try to put a legal ban on fracking. PHOTO: CREDO.fracking/Flickr On December 17, 2014, New York Governor Andrew...

Frackquakes: Does Fracking Trigger Earthquakes?

By MATTHEW DOTY, age 11 A fracking site in California, where 54 percent of active new wells are within 10 miles of active fault lines. PHOTO: Faces of Fracking/Flickr Fracking (short for hydraulic fracturing) is a process used to release natural gas and oil trapped in...

Pennsylvania Children Issued Fracking Gag Order

By SAMUEL MARTINEZ, age 11 PHOTO: Kara Newhouse Two Pennsylvania children, ages seven and ten, and their parents were issued a gag order banning them from ever speaking about fracking or shale oil drilling again. In 2011, the Hallowich family received $750,000 in...

Fracking–A Serious Health Risk

By YUUKI REAL, age 12 PHOTO: Facebook/Occupy Sandy On January 9, 2013, thousands of protesters in Albany, New York pressured Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing—a.k.a., “fracking”—in New York State.  However, Cuomo argues that fracking will bring an energy and...