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U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.  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 »

Oil drops below $45; U.S. stockpiles may speed collapse

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said crude needs to drop to $40 a barrel to “re-balance” the market, while Societe Generale SA also reduced its price forecasts.  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 »

Study links Ohio earthquakes to Houston company’s wells

Earthquakes that shook an Ohio town last year are linked to hydraulic fracturing, according to a new study published by a scientific journal today.  More »

Midland Basin oil worker talks crude prices, fracking bans in Reddit AMA

The worker answered dozens of questions from Redditors on life as a roughneck and the feelings among workers as dropping crude prices threaten to halt drilling.  More »

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.  More »

Nature defends natural gas story over EIA objections

A Nature article from early December questioning how long the North American natural gas boom could really last earned stinging letters this week from the EIA and University of Texas researchers.  More »

New York health department says ‘no’ to fracking

Dr. Howard Zucker unveiled his findings as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s cabinet meeting early Wednesday afternoon.  More »

Sage grouse scares off BLM oil, gas bidders in Nevada

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide early next year whether to grant a petition by conservationists to list the bird as threatened or endangered.  More »

Economist: Crude price pinches oil industry, helps overall economy

As crude plunges to its lowest level in years, the economic impacts will depend on who you are and where you live.  More »
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