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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.
(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Another state joins the fight against the White House’s new fracking rules

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The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
A jar holding waste water from hydraulic fracturing is held up to the light at a recycling site in Midland, Texas. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

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Republicans say the new regulations, announced last week, will delay new drilling projects and take marginal lands out of production. Democratic lawmakers say the regulations are so mild that they won’t change current operating standards.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, cleans equipment with a high pressure hose while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

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The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing drilling technique.
(RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Maryland House, Senate pass fracking bills

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Senators and delegates voted Tuesday in favor of their chamber’s respective bills to hold drilling companies more responsible for damages and place a three-year moratorium on the natural gas drilling method.