Category: Hydraulic fracturing

North Dakota allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules

The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Study links swarm of quakes in Texas to natural gas drilling

In 84 days from November 2013 to January 2014, the area around Azle, Texas, shook with 27 magnitude 2 or greater earthquakes, while scientists at Southern Methodist University and the U.S. Geological Survey monitored the shaking.  More »

Texas House set to vote on bill banning local fracking bans

San Angelo Republican Rep. Drew Darby’s bill is poised for House debate and approval Tuesday.  More »

North Dakota orders 5 companies to reduce oil production in state

The five companies were ordered this month to reduce production to 100 barrels per day at certain wells or risk facing daily penalties.  More »

Fracking operators ran up 2.5 violations a day, study shows

The NRDC report tabulated citations issued by inspectors for breaching rules adopted to make sure wells are constructed soundly and the wastewater is handled safely.  More »

Another state joins the fight against the White House’s new fracking rules

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Wyoming suit contests federal rules for public land drilling

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Wyoming also claims the U.S. Bureau of Land Management overstepped its statutory jurisdiction with the rules and that they conflict with the Safe Drinking Water Act.  More »

Oklahoma adds more counties to earthquake list

Letters were sent last week to 92 companies holding permits for waste-water disposal wells directing them to provide evidence that their wells are not at a depth most likely to trigger earthquakes.  More »

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.  More »

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.  More »

Maryland House, Senate pass fracking bills

Senators and delegates voted Tuesday in favor of their chamber’s respective bills to hold drilling companies more responsible for damages and place a three-year moratorium on the natural gas drilling method.  More »

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland.  More »

Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan 15 research flights out of Colorado and Texas between now and May.  More »

Industry swiftly challenges feds’ new fracturing rule

The lawsuit brought by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance challenges the new mandates as “a reaction to unsubstantiated concerns.”  More »

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators.  More »
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