Tag: fracking

Colorado flooding shuts wells, triggers oil spills (photos)

Colorado’s flooding has shut down hundreds of natural gas and oil wells in the state’s top petroleum patch and triggered at least two significant spills.  More »

Companies power fracturing job with field gas

Green Field Energy Services, which pioneered the use of turbine engines for hydraulic fracturing, has completed its first job using 100 percent natural gas tapped from a nearby well.  More »

Anadarko, Noble launch campaign to tout fracking to wary Westerners

Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Noble Energy have teamed up to tout the benefits of oil and gas development in Colorado, amid mounting opposition to hydraulic fracturing in the state.  More »

Texas seismologist: Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes

A University of Texas seismologist says human activity associated with oil and gas production can sometimes cause earthquakes, but hydraulic fracturing isn’t the problem.  More »

NY court to consider legality of fracking bans

The state’s top court has decided to weigh in on a pair of lawsuits that could determine whether local governments have the power to ban the controversial natural gas production technique known as hydrofracking.  More »

Fracturing with natural gas instead of water

A water alternative: Using natural gas to produce natural gas (or oil).  More »

Study documents fish kill from hydraulic fracturing fluid

Hydraulic fracturing fluids from nearby natural gas wells probably caused endangered fish in a Kentucky creek to die off, according to two federal agencies that studied the 2007 incident.  More »

South Texas earthquakes likely caused by shale boom, researchers say

A two-year survey of seismic activity links small quakes in South Texas largely to the upswing in the production of oil and brackish water that flows up alongside hydrocarbons.  More »

Hold the water: Some firms fracking without it

The practice of hydraulic fracturing oil and gas wells mostly without water, using gas liquids instead, is beginning to spread.  More »

Fracking foes interrupt Obama’s trip to New York

President Barack Obama stopped at Binghamton University on the second leg of his tour to promote a college affordability plan on Friday, but the demonstrators who lined the president’s motorcade route had something else on their minds: Hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Penn. fracturing health project puts numbers to debate

A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim.  More »

Oil companies and environmentalists ask for changes in feds’ fracturing rule

Oil companies, environmentalists, hunters and Texas regulators are weighing in on new federal mandates proposed for hydraulic fracturing and drilling on public lands. Here is a sampling of some of the submissions, as the deadline for filing public comments approaches.  More »