Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending seven-year review

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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in England on January 13, 2014.  French company Total confirmed it will invest about £30 million in the shale drilling project in Gainsborough, and it is believed to be the first major energy firm to invest in U.K. fracking. Prime Minister David Cameron indicated councils would receive a significant financial boost from the business rates collected from controversial shale gas schemes, with local authorities receiving 100 percent of the business rates, double the usual 50 percent. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

U.K. shale well rejected in blow to David Cameron’s fracking ambitions

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Opposition to hydraulic fracturing has stymied development of the U.K.’s shale industry since a drilling moratorium was lifted in 2012. The U.K. government has promoted fracking by cutting taxes and relaxing planning rules to try to lower reliance on imported gas.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Wyoming judge to hear challenge to federal fracking rules

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Four states and two petroleum industry groups are suing the U.S. Interior Department, saying the rules announced in March are unnecessarily burdensome for oil and gas developers.
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Dutch government cuts gas drilling in quake-hit region

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Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp announced Tuesday that production in the Groningen region this year will be brought back to 39.24 billion cubic yards of gas from the previously announced maximum of 51.53 billion cubic yards.
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Southern Ute tribe challenges new federal fracking law

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The rule, which is set to go into effect Wednesday, also is the subject of lawsuits filed earlier this month, including a joint suit by the states of Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota, as well as another filed by the Western Energy Alliance and Independent Petroleum Producers on behalf of 46 trade associations and royalty-owners groups.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Mega injections of wastewater triggered more quakes, study says

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Wells that pumped more than 12 million gallons of saltwater into the ground per month were far more likely to trigger quakes than those that put lesser amounts per month, the study from the University of Colorado found.
President of Denton Drilling Awareness, Cathy McMullen, right, holds up a sign asking voters to vote in favor of banning fracking at the Denton Civic Center in Denton, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (Special to the Houston Chronicle/Brandon Wade)

Denton city council repeals voter-approved ban on fracking

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Voters in Denton approved the ban last November amid concerns that the process could damage the environment and causes earthquakes. The Texas General Land Office and the Texas Oil and Gas Association sued to block the ban.
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Colorado energy companies take trespassing claims to court

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Encana Corp. has sued WPX Energy, saying WPX knowingly drilled a well that passed horizontally through Encana’s mineral estate in the Parachute Creek area without getting Encana’s permission.
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Texas regulators say disposal wells didn’t cause 4.0 quake

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The Texas Railroad Commission said it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County.
In this June 10, 2015 photo, Dr. Anne Sheehan, Professor of Geological Sciences and Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences opens a compartment in a weatherproof digital recorder, part of her kit of solar-powered seismometers, used to measure earthquakes, including those caused by injection wells at petroleum extraction sites, at CU Boulder, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Earthquakes near Colorado wastewater well decrease

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DENVER — The ground around a northern Colorado wastewater injection well has been relatively quiet for more than two months, offering hope that a 10-month string of more than 200 small earthquakes might have subsided.