A drilling rig in Pavillion, Wyo., used to drill a deep water well for testing. (Photo: EPA).

Wyo. got EPA to delay frack finding

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Wyoming’s governor persuaded the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to postpone an announcement linking hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination, giving state officials — whom the EPA had privately briefed on the study — time to attempt to debunk the finding before it rocked the oil and gas industry more than a month later, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.
Workers move a section of well casing into place at a Chesapeake Energy natural gas well site near Burlington, Pa. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File)

Feds set new rules for hydraulic fracturing

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The Obama administration unveiled a proposed rule that would force companies to reveal the chemicals they use when drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands. But the long-anticipated regulation includes a major concession to oil and gas companies, by allowing those disclosures to happen after a well is drilled and the chemicals are pumped underground — not a month beforehand, as federal regulators had originally considered.
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

McClendon used Wachovia in personal sale after Chesapeake

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon agreed to sell $88 million of his personal oil and gas interests to investment vehicles created by Wachovia Corp. three weeks after his company used the bank in a similar $600 million deal, a court filing shows.
Categories: Natural gas
A contractor closes a valve on a tanker truck at a Range Resources hydraulic fracturing operation in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Fracking fluids may migrate to aquifers, researcher says

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Chemically treated drilling fluid can migrate through thousands of feet of rock and endanger water supplies, said a hydrologist whose research calls into question the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
Some Ohioans are asking for a ban on fracking for Natural Gas until the Environmental Protection Agency completes its study. (Photo: Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Even offshore techs are talking about U.S. shale gas

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More than half of respondents in an OTC poll said natural gas would surpass oil as the dominate energy source in the U.S. by 2030.
Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Promising tests prompt DOE project on methane trapped in ice

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On the heels of promising research earlier this year, the Energy Department plans to spend $6.5 million to research methods for releasing methane locked in ice crystals in Alaska.
Categories: Natural gas, OTC
(AP file photo/David J. Phillip)

Kinder Morgan purchase of El Paso cleared with conditions

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The settlement requires Kinder Morgan to divest its Rockies Express, Kinder Morgan Interstate Gas Transmission and Trailblazer pipelines, in addition to two gas processing plants in the Rocky Mountain region,
Categories: Deals, Natural gas
Aubrey McClendon, co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. (AP Photo)

Chesapeake to strip CEO of chairmanship, halt well deals

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK) will name an independent chairman to replace Aubrey McClendon and halt an incentive program that allowed the chief executive officer to amass personal stakes in thousands of company-operated wells.
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(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Natural gas prices up 5 percent on production report

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Chesapeake Energy Corp., ConocoPhillips and Encana Corp. have each said that they would take some natural gas operations offline this year.
Categories: Crude oil, Natural gas
Sand or other small substances are used in hydraulic fracturing to prop open fissures in shale formations to allow natural gas to flow. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Mark Steil)

Unwanted Nebraska sand put to use in oil fields

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Some unwanted Nebraska sand has been put to use in some U.S. oil fields.