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)

Obama administration’s new fracking rules blocked by U.S. judge in Wyoming

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl puts on hold the most closely-watched effort by the Obama administration to ensure that fracking doesn’t contaminate water supplies.

US drilling states guided on handling quakes

The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent — including in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Ohio — began being linked to fracking and deep-injection wastewater disposal around 2009.
Alaska's North Slope.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Alaska’s Walker brushes aside reserves tax criticism

Gov. Bill Walker on Friday brushed aside criticism from Republican lawmakers that they were blindsided by his call to reinstate the gas reserves tax during the upcoming special session.

Action in today’s oil market, channeling Yogi Berra

First and foremost, RIP Yogi Berra; both a great baseball player, and a warrior with words. After a quiet first few days of the week on the data front, Wednesday has roared in like a lion, bringing preliminary global manufacturing numbers with it. China kicked off things overnight – and poorly to boot – as […]
Retired school teacher Elaine Doudna joins about 20 other protesters outside City Hall in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo., as they speak out against fracking for oil and gas in 2012. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock, File)

Colorado’s high court to decide if cities can ban hydraulic fracturing

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association sued the two cities, and lower courts overturned the local restrictions, saying regulation is the state’s prerogative. The cities and several environmental groups appealed.
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)

Industry group lawsuit against Denton is dismissed

A North Texas district judge has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit filed against Denton by the Texas Oil & Gas Association at the request of both parties.
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Texas drilling permits down by nearly two-thirds since last year

Texas issued 864 drilling permits in August, compared with 2,440 a year earlier.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Small South Texas town upset about oil and gas waste dump

The Texas Railroad Commission is likely to approve the controversial South Texas dump Tuesday despite heavy opposition from elected officials who represent the area, echoing issues of local control that played out in the Capitol during the last legislative session.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Researchers say fracking on UT lands poses health, environmental risks

SAN ANTONIO — Drilling and hydraulic fracturing in more than 4,000 wells on University of Texas lands in West Texas have created environmental and health risks, according to a report released Tuesday. The report by Environment Texas Research and Policy Center and Frontier Group asks the UT system to study best practices around the country […]
(AP file photo/Keith Srakocic)

Environmental groups threaten lawsuit over drilling wastewater rules

Under existing federal law, the Environmental Protection Agency is obligated to review and possibly revise regulations governing the handling of oil and gas waste every three years. But the agency’s last review was 27 years ago.