Fossil Fuel Boom Series

Fossil Fuel Boom Series

For the first time in three decades, America is nearing energy independence. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—the process used to crack underground rock and bring gas and oil to the surface—now allows companies to find and extract fossil fuels from previously untappable reserves. As a result, the United States is moving toward a stronger economy that’s less reliant on foreign companies and governments, experts say.

Yet there are costs of unfettered energy development. Among them are pollution and habitat destruction, environmentalists say. But science and smart planning may offer solutions to this dilemma, informing where we should drill—and which habitats are so critical we should avoid them altogether.

Audubon’s Fossil Fuel Boom series explores how oil and gas extraction is affecting wildlife, habitat, and people across the country.

Audubon Magazine

Drilling Deeper in the Gulf

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the country’s true energy hotspots. It’s also home to deep-sea organisms that are a vital link in the marine ecosystem.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
Audubon Magazine

In Texas, Private Landowners Hold Their Ground

Texas is no stranger to the oil business. But with the new boom, private landowners are forcing oil and gas companies to clean up their act.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
Audubon Magazine

On The Ground In Oiltown, USA

Weld County, Colorado, has more active wells than any county in the nation. As energy development transforms the landscape, people and wildlife are acutely feeling the effects. Can industry and conservationists reach a compromise?
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine
Audubon Magazine

Shell Shows It Can’t Ensure Safe Offshore Oil Operations in the Arctic

When it came time to prove it could safely handle an offshore spill in Alaska, the oil company flunked its own test.
Type: Magazine_article | From: Audubon Magazine