Category: Hydraulic fracturing

Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

State employment figures show that about 26,000 people were directly employed in the oil and gas industry in Colorado in 2013-14, including support operations. The industry claims a much large number based on an economic ripple effect.  More »

A victim of the industry downturn asks for advice

This week I answer a reader email from someone who has unfortunately been caught up in the industry’s reaction to plunging oil prices.  More »

Interior Secretary: Feds won’t overrule tougher state fracking regulations

At issue are proposed regulations from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management that would govern the design and stimulation of wells on public lands.  More »

Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.  More »

Eagle Ford shale oil boom turns to bust

More than five years of rising oil prices spurred thriving sales of million-dollar trophy homes in Calgary and a doubling of home prices in the last decade.  More »

Dutch authorities put gas revenues ahead of safety, report says following earthquakes

The Dutch Safety Board reached the conclusion in a report prompted by dozens of small but damaging earthquakes caused by gas drilling that have rocked the northern province of Groningen for years, causing structural damage to thousands of buildings.  More »

Commentary: the US crude conundrum

The current US oil market is in the midst of a slugfest reminiscent of a Rocky fight, as competing influences face off against one another, says Voices poster Matt Smith.. In one corner we have rising US shale oil production, while in the opposing corner we have a precipitously falling rig count.  More »

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.  More »

Saltwater spill contained on-site at North Dakota oil well

Murex Petroleum Corp. reported that 500 barrels of saltwater were contained and recovered on site.  More »

Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracturing oversight

Of particular concern is making sure their waterways are not contaminated by waste.  More »

North Dakota daily oil production sets record, but rig count dropping

The state’s Mineral Resources Department estimated December production at slightly more than 38 million barrels, or about 1.23 million barrels per day. That broke the November record of 1.19 million barrels per day.  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.  More »

Texas Supreme Court leaves water disposal issue unanswered

Can you own your land from heaven to hell? The Texas Supreme Court isn’t saying. The state’s high court on Friday issued an opinion in a widely-watched case that dealt with the underground migration of water pumped down a disposal well. In the suit, a Southeast Texas a rice farm argued that a neighboring disposal […]  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

State regulators said Monday that they have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of their plan for bringing the state back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water laws.  More »

Kansas geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes.  More »
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