Category: Hydraulic fracturing

North Dakota saltwater spill reached Missouri River

But officials don’t expect harm to wildlife or drinking water supplies.  More »

Pennsylvania to pay $40K to anti-drilling group over terror listing

The coalition’s lawsuit said the bulletins characterized the group as a possible threat to infrastructure without evidence.  More »

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

When done properly, extraction of natural resources from federal land has helped develop the economy while at the same time providing valuable income to defray the costs of running the federal government. Leases are certainly not new and, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are currently over 46,000 active leases on federal […]  More »

Venezuela’s Maduro sees U.S. wielding oil as weapon to ‘destroy’ nation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has avoided substantial cuts to social programs amid the slide in crude, the commodity that provides 97 percent of Venezuela’s dollars.  More »

Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill in North Dakota oil boom’s largest leak

The saltwater, known as brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil and natural gas production that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.  More »

Canadian drilling services firm files bankruptcy

A Canadian company that expanded into South Texas in 2012 with a pioneering waterless technique to fracture shale rock has filed for bankruptcy protection as it seeks to reorganize.  More »

Measure would void new North Dakota flaring, oil rules

In December, the commission required oil companies that ship millions of gallons of crude a week by rail to reduce the oil’s volatility by removing certain liquids and gases before it’s loaded onto train cars.  More »

Kansas official links earthquakes to disposal of waste water

The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012.  More »

Apache workers face layoffs as oil prices fall

Apache Corp. began lay offs of hundreds of workers across the globe, a company spokeswoman said, becoming the latest energy company to shed jobs as oil prices fall.  More »

Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Its stated purpose is to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices.  More »

NY fracking ban seen as having little impact on supply

Scientists say New York’s available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  More »

Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

The lawsuit says the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with the group’s federal public records request.  More »

Anadarko, Dallas company to reimburse $5 million to Oklahoma

State staff monitoring oil and gas wells for compliance discovered Anadarko Petroleum and Exco Resources weren’t paying the full amount from their wells to a trust fund for Oklahoma public schools.  More »

Chesapeake ups payment amount in leaseholders suit

A subsidiary of energy giant Chesapeake Energy is increasing the amount it will pay to settle a federal lawsuit over natural gas drilling royalties for Pennsylvania landowners.  More »

Vertical rigs dropped first as producers pull back

Baker Hughes data shows the rig count falling across the board, but with the sharpest falloff in vertical rigs.  More »
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