Fracking Wells State Map

The following map shows fracking wells in each state from 2005 through mid-2013. Click a state to view the total number of wells. Please zoom out for Alaska and Hawaii.

Source: Environment America Research & Policy Center, "Fracking by the Numbers" report
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Local operators are celebrating a ruling this week by a federal judge who halted implementation of U.S. Bureau of Land Management rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, by the oil and gas industry on public and tribal lands.

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday announced that it will hear Longmont's fracking ban case.

The Texas General Land Office has dropped its lawsuit against Denton's obliterated ban on hydraulic fracturing and moratorium on new gas drilling, officially resolving all litigation over the local vote,

Jon Husted said that the courts already had decided this issue, and that only the state has the authority to regulate oil and gas activity in Ohio.

Since the state imposed new rules two weeks ago on the energy industry aimed at reducing suspected man-made earthquakes, people are noticing a difference. It might be a coincidence, however.

Many poor towns want the fracking money Pennsylvania has, regardless of health risks.

Four months after the Denton, Texas, historic vote, top state lawmakers don’t appear to be scratching their heads. Petroleum is winning hands down, and local control appears headed for a beating.

Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill., will enroll its first fracking students this fall.

Tiny San Benito County provides a template for possible anti-fracking campaigns.

Staffers at the federal agency have praised a Texas Railroad Commission proposal aimed at curbing earthquakes possibly triggered by the high-pressure injection of oil and gas waste.

A group of Duke University scientists often accused of anti-fracking bias have published their most definitive research to date linking shale gas exploration with methane gas contamination of drinking water.

Localities are forced to deal with much of the problems associated with fracking, while states and the federal government rake in all the revenue.

As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week.

In Colorado, lines are drawn for an election battle over hydraulic fracturing.

Fracking involves pumping water combined with sand and chemicals at high pressure to crack shale rock and release natural gas and oil.

The recent discovery that the state has 96% less recoverable oil than previously thought may have helped the case for regulating instead of banning fracking.

In North Dakota, an oil bonanza leaves natural gas going up in smoke.

Voters will decide whether this North Texas college town will become the state's first city to ban hydraulic fracturing.

One Texas sheriff wants legal action against a company responsible for a toxic spill.

Gov. Pat McCrory signs energy bill for natural gas exploration to begin in 2015.

New hydraulic fracturing rules mean residents will increase information available to concerned residents and keep better track of water impacts.

Ohio geologists find a probable link between fracking and quakes. Oil and gas industry officials call the tremors "isolated incidents."

Some see opportunity, others fear exploitation under the state's new oil and natural gas extraction laws.

Carson is the first city in California to ban all oil drilling, even temporarily, officials say.

The City Council takes a step toward a ban on fracking.

A new report indicates that water availability is a risk for oil and gas drillers.

Kansas residents and scientists are noting an increase in earthquakes and wondering if fracking is the cause.

The Texas Supreme Court takes up a case about groundwater case that could impact the state's surging oil and gas industry.

New York State’s highest court could settle the long-simmering issue of whether the state’s municipalities can ban the drilling process.

The nation's toughest restrictions on a controversial oil drilling technique known as fracking were signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.