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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Texas governor signs bill restricting local fracking regulations

Abbott’s signature is the culmination of a marker he set down in January, when he took aim at local regulations affecting not only fracking but tree cutting and plastic bags.
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Nine oil well deaths lead to warning about inhaling chemicals

All the deaths involved people at crude production tanks. Colorado and North Dakota each had three deaths, and Texas, Oklahoma and Montana each had one death.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg News)

Governor Abbott signs Texas fracking bill

The bill, inspired by the local fracking ban voters passed in the city of Denton last November, will take effect immediately after winning more than two-thirds majorities in the Texas House and Senate.
Angela Spotts, right, of Stillwater, Okla., signs into the visitors' log at the office of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, in photo at center, after delivering petitions calling for a moratorium on the use of wastewater disposal wells by the oil and natural gas industry in areas where they may trigger earthquakes, in Oklahoma City, Monday, May 11, 2015. Fallin was not available to accept the petitions. Looking on at left is Gwen Ingram of Drumright, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma coalition wants well moratorium in earthquake areas

Coalition members delivered 1,500 signatures to Gov. Mary Fallin’s office seeking a moratorium on the use of high-volume, high pressure disposals wells in 16 counties that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, has identified as “areas of interest” because of earthquake activity.
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Florida House passes legislation banning fracking bans

Democrats opposed the bill, saying fracking should be banned in Florida because of the potential to contaminate groundwater.
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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.
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Oil at $65 seen freeing 500,000 barrels from shale fracklog

Producers in oil and gas fields from Texas to Pennsylvania have 4,731 idled wells at their disposal.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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.
A Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. natural gas drilling rig in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. (Cabot)

Study finds radon in Pennsylvania homes on the rise while Marcellus drilling surges

Buildings in counties where natural gas is most actively being extracted from the Marcellus shale have in the past decade had much higher measurements of radioactive radon than buildings in low-activity areas, according to the new research.