A drilling rig works the Marcellus shale in Houston, Pa.  (AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

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The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.
Big Tex rises again

EPA: Cut your carbon footprint with a corn dog

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On the eve of the opening of the state’s annual weeks-long celebration of fried food, football and one very tall cowboy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is urging fairgoers to cut carbon emissions in part by eating more, thus slashing pollution emissions from food waste.
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Wyoming wind farm plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

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The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that – even in Wyoming – wind doesn’t blow all the time.
Robert Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp. (AP file photo/Salt Lake Tribune, Jim Urquhart)

Coal mogul Murray says more bankruptcies possible

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The CEO of Murray Energy Corp. targeted environmental regulation for the coal industry’s woes in his stump speech at an industry conference in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Improvements in oil field technology have made production more efficient.  (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Environmental groups crank up heat on methane mandates

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Environmental groups on Thursday pressured the Obama administration to clamp down on methane leaking from the oil and gas sector by imposing new regulations targeting wells, valves and other infrastructure.
The sun shines over a Range Resources well site in Washington, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Range Resources to pay $4 million drilling waste fine

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The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells.
Categories: Environment, Shale
Mark Ruffalo attends the premiere of "Infinitely Polar Bear" in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Mark Ruffalo touts Houston electricity plan

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Actor-turned-activist Mark Ruffalo cheers Houston’s decision to buy renewable energy — part of a trend of cities and corporations seeking out alternative power.
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Researchers trace water contamination to faulty gas wells

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The contamination “stems from well-integrity problems such as poor casing and cementing,” Thomas H. Darrah, an earth science expert at Ohio State who led the study, said in a prepared statement.

UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

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The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water.
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Statoil, partners expand effort to put flared natural gas to use

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Statoil, GE and Ferus Natural Gas are expanding use of technology designed to fuel oil field equipment with natural gas that otherwise would be flared off into the atmosphere.