Tag: drilling

Shale gas trucks crash in Pennsylvania

A western Pennsylvania intersection was shut down after crash involving a tractor trailer carrying diesel fuel and two trucks carrying water for natural gas drilling operations.  More »

Illegal dumping of radioactive waste surges with oil boom

Oil fields are spinning off thousands of tons of low-level radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping and states debate how much landfills can safely take.  More »

George Bush Library launches offshore drilling exhibit (photos)

The George Bush Presidential Library has launched an exhibit that tells the story of offshore drilling, highlighting technological innovations in the industry and the former president’s work as a Texas oilman.  More »

Polar politics threaten Norway’s deepest drive in Arctic

The Norwegian government, seeking to sustain oil revenues that have fueled the country’s prosperity, has floated plans to let drillers push closer than ever to the ice cap — only to run into the strongest opposition yet.  More »

A landscape of fire rises over North Dakota’s gas fields

Twice as much natural gas is wasted through flaring than in 2012 amid an energy boom that’s propelled North Dakota’s torrid economic growth.  More »

Oil towns lead nation in population growth

New census data show a population surge as the oil boom draws workers and families to oil fields around the country. Some of the nation’s fastest-growing communities include two Texas towns in the Permian Basin and three cities near North Dakota’s Bakken Shale.  More »

Feds work through millions of comments on fracking rules

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says regulators are working through more than a million public comments before proposing rules governing hydraulic fracturing on federal land.  More »

Neighbors bicker in Pa. over forced gas drilling

Houston-based Hilcorp seeks to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law to drill under the property of four holdout landowners in New Bedford, near the Ohio border an hour north of Pittsburgh. The concept, known as “forced pooling,” means that people who don’t sign leases get bundled in with those who do, to make drilling more efficient and compensate all the landowners.  More »

Q&A: Ears go in the ground to aid fracturing

Houston-based Micro- Seismic uses instruments called geophones on the surface or buried underground to capture and analyze sounds from a well while it’s being fractured. The technology, called surface microseismic, allows operators to customize the fracturing while it’s in progress, improving the efficiency of the resulting hydrocarbon extraction.  More »

Oil rigs in US extend record as Eagle Ford drilling surges

Rigs targeting oil in the U.S. jumped to a record as energy producers used the most in a year to drill for crude in Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation. Oil rigs increased by 14 to 1,487, the highest level since Baker Hughes split the oil and gas counts in 1987, data posted on the company’s […]  More »

Ohio’s earthquake average since 2010 has risen

The rise coincides with an average increase in tremblors nationally and to an increase in oil-and-gas drilling and deep injection activity in eastern Ohio.  More »

Report: Oil exports and higher royalties should go together

The Obama administration would shortchange taxpayers if it heeds the oil industry’s calls to lift a 39-year-ban on exporting U.S. crude without first hiking the royalty rate companies pay the government for drilling on federal lands, according to a new report.  More »
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