The Science of Sustainability

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How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

How Were Fossil Fuels Formed?

In this activity you will learn more about how one fossil fuel — shale gas — formed thousands of feet beneath certain parts of the United States.

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How Does Hydraulic Fracturing Work?

How Does Hydraulic Fracturing Work?

Learn how engineers developed the techniques of hydraulic fracturing.

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Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Claims of Advocates: The Benefits of Hydraulic Fracturing

Learn more about claims that hydraulic fracturing helps people.

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What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

What Are the Challenges of Fracking Natural Shale Gas Reserves?

Learn about the concerns some people have about the practice of fracking.

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Energy and a Sustainable Future

Energy and a Sustainable Future

Learn about the sustainability efforts being developed.

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After the Frack

After the Frack

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a process of extracting natural gas that creates large amounts of contaminated wastewater. QUEST travels to Ohio to investigate how this wastewater is produced and the controversy over how to safely dispose of it.

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Recycling Dirt: A New Niche in the Fracking Industry

Recycling Dirt: A New Niche in the Fracking Industry

As an alternative to the landfill, some companies now recycle contaminated rock shavings left over from drilling for natural gas.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Kettleman Hills

This side trip takes you into the quiet range of hills that runs along the freeway south of Coalinga.

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Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

Fracking in Urban Oilfields: A New Study Sparks More Debate

A rigorous study shows that fracking is unharmful when the stakes are high. Not much should be made of it.

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Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

Fracking Gives Hydrogen Fuel Cells New Life

In 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Energy Steven Chu dismissed zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as an impractical alternative to electric cars. Now an abundant supply of natural gas, from which hydrogen can be extracted, is changing Chu's mind, but that natural gas comes from the controversial hydraulic fracturing process.

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Fracking in California: Any Cause For Concern?

Fracking in California: Any Cause For Concern?

California oil producers use hydraulic fracturing to goose more oil out of old wells. The benefit is clear, but the costs are too unclear for comfort.

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Side Trips from Interstate 5: Coalinga Country

Side Trips from Interstate 5: Coalinga Country

No one likes the huge cattle feedlot north of Coalinga. Take this geological side trip and avoid the smell entirely.

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Petroleum in the Bay Area

Petroleum in the Bay Area

California's early oil districts included Half Moon Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains. You can still find oil and gas around these parts.

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