Illinois state agency issues fracturing rules

he lengthy report follows months of delays and complaints over the process to draft rules governing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Illinois. Industry officials say southern Illinois has rich deposits of natural gas, but a final draft of the rules — initially touted as a national model of both sides working together — has taken months for the agency to produce as industry groups warned the state was losing business.  More »

Feds to resume leasing for fracturing in California

The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing fracking on public land in Monterey County.  More »

Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »

Politicians cheer Pittsburgh airport gas drilling

The first well pad is in a remote wooded area about a mile from runways, but some future wells will be about one-quarter of a mile away. The airport authority owns about 9,000 acres of land.  More »

Kansas town loses bid for new trial over BP pollution suit

The Kansas Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the request from residents and officials of Neodesha, who sued in 2004 for more than $478 million in cleanup costs plus damages.  More »

6,500 tickets sold for Keystone XL opposition concert

The concert will be held on a farm near Neligh, Neb., that’s in the proposed path.  More »

Indicted former BP executive will be allowed to visit UK

David Rainey is now an executive with BHP Billiton Petroleum  More »

Officials say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati.  More »

Brine firm sues over biblical fracturing billboard

The complaint by the company contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards.  More »

BHP plans asset split, posts $13.8 billion profit

“Our operational performance continued to improve,” said CEO Andrew Mackenzie.  More »

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits.  More »

Fuel oil spills into Ohio River

Duke Energy said the spill occurred during a fuel transfer and lasted 10 to 15 minutes before it was stopped.  More »
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