Tag: fracking

Feds to scrutinize drilling boom with new well data

The Energy Department is poised to shed more light on today’s oil and gas drilling boom, with a closer look at the longevity of new wells that are tapping dense rock formations across the U.S.  More »

Fracking opponents find lawyers beat superglue in slowing shale

Campaigners desperate to prevent the birth of a U.K. shale-gas industry have glued themselves to walls, barricaded country lanes and climbed drill rigs. Yet their most potent weapon is more prosaic: lawyers.  More »

ConocoPhillips, Noble among first targets of Colorado fracking rule

Colorado oil and gas regulators are scheduled to take their first enforcement measures later this month against companies that fail to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Poll finds Americans lack understanding of key energy issues

A new UT poll finds contradictory opinions about energy, with large majorities of Americans enthusiastic about the natural gas boom, but not about the technology that has made it possible.  More »

South Africa will face legal battle over fracking rules, environmentalists warn

South Africa’s plans to exploit shale-gas reserves are “indefensible” and will lead to a legal battle, an environmental group said after the government published draft regulations on drilling in the Karoo region.  More »

Balancing act needed to win with hydraulic fracturing

San Antonio-based Inland Ocean’s new well has drilled into a tight rock formation, which must be fractured before oil will flow — a process common across South Texas with the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom.  More »

Technology to reuse oil field water scores landmark deal (video)

OriginOil has signed its first contract to bring its water-cleansing technology to the oil field, which will help it turn sludge from oil wells into water that can be reused, the company said Tuesday.  More »

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown supports hydraulic fracturing

Speaking at a panel discussion on fracking, the head of California’s Department of Conservation, Mark Nechodom, said the governor backs the oil-production technique.  More »

Some anti-drilling activists change tactics, tone

For years, activists have warned that fracking can have disastrous consequences. Now some critics are doing what was once unthinkable: working with the industry.  More »

‘Gasland’ filmmaker brings anti-oil industry message to Texas

The Eagle Ford Shale is drawing an estimated $30 billion in industry investment this year, and this week the massive amount of oil-field activity also attracted anti-drilling activist and filmmaker Josh Fox.  More »

Pew: Americans support Keystone, oppose hydraulic fracturing

Build the Keystone XL Pipeline. Squash greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. No more fracking. Americans, the biggest consumers of energy on the planet, have a complex relationship to the oil and gas industry, and it’s hard to know which way the wind is blowing public opinion.  More »

Environmental group says Eagle Ford health risks being ignored

A new report from the nonprofit environmental group Earthworks says government regulators are ignoring health risks in the Eagle Ford Shale region.  More »