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

Texas governor signs bill restricting local fracking regulations

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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

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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.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Shale tech could squeeze 141 billion barrels from oil fields outside the US

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Adapting the technology that powered the shale oil boom in Texas to the deserts of Saudi Arabia and elsewhere could free 141 billion barrels of crude, research firm IHS said Thursday.
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

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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.
Halliburton's 2,000-horsepower hydraulic fracturing truck is parked at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week.

In flood of subsea tools, shale-busting tech draws eyes at OTC

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High-horsepower pumps and big hydraulic fracturing trucks, the primary tools used to bust open U.S. shale rock, have carved out parking spaces of their own at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.
A crowd gathers on the floor of the Offshore Technology Conference.

Dow Chemical at OTC: New technology is helping oil companies recycle all of that fracking waste water

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New technological advances have allowed oil companies to more easily convert drilling waste water to get reused in the oil patch, said Larry Ryan, president of Dow Chemical’s energy and water solutions business in an interview with Fuel Fix at the company’s booth at the Offshore Technology Conference.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Florida House passes legislation banning fracking bans

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Democrats opposed the bill, saying fracking should be banned in Florida because of the potential to contaminate groundwater.
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Monday at the Capitol: Legislation would rename the state’s ‘worst-named agency’

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It’s been said that the Texas Railroad Commission is the worst-named agency in the state. And that’s not according to an agency detractor, but from a former chairperson. The Texas Railroad Commission has absolutely no authority over railroads. Surveys have shown wide confusion about its responsibilities. But Texas home and business owners – whether they know it […]
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

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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.
(Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Fracking operators ran up 2.5 violations a day, study shows

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The NRDC report tabulated citations issued by inspectors for breaching rules adopted to make sure wells are constructed soundly and the wastewater is handled safely.