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Oklahoma woman blaming fracking wastewater for quake can sue

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Oklahoma, a region not known for seismic activity, has experienced a rash of earthquakes since 2009, the same year area oil companies began using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter deep rock layers to extract oil and gas.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

New data reveals which U.S. fracking wells needed the most water to drill

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The shale plays where hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, dominated the majority of oil and gas drilling were also the same plays where water use was highest, ranging between 2.6 million gallons and 9.7 million gallons of water per well.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending seven-year review

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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in England on January 13, 2014.  French company Total confirmed it will invest about £30 million in the shale drilling project in Gainsborough, and it is believed to be the first major energy firm to invest in U.K. fracking. Prime Minister David Cameron indicated councils would receive a significant financial boost from the business rates collected from controversial shale gas schemes, with local authorities receiving 100 percent of the business rates, double the usual 50 percent. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

U.K. shale well rejected in blow to David Cameron’s fracking ambitions

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Opposition to hydraulic fracturing has stymied development of the U.K.’s shale industry since a drilling moratorium was lifted in 2012. The U.K. government has promoted fracking by cutting taxes and relaxing planning rules to try to lower reliance on imported gas.
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Seeking more information, judge stays federal oil, gas rules

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The stay issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl means new rules for the practice of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands now won’t take effect until at least mid-August.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

Mega injections of wastewater triggered more quakes, study says

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Wells that pumped more than 12 million gallons of saltwater into the ground per month were far more likely to trigger quakes than those that put lesser amounts per month, the study from the University of Colorado found.
Supporters of hydraulic fracturing are using listicles, memes and other pieces of digital content with a new BuzzFeed-style website to wrest control of the debate about the controversial completion technique. (FrackFeed.com)

Hydraulic fracturing supporters fire back with BuzzFeed-style website

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The site, called FrackFeed.com, is an attempt by supporters to wrest control of the debate of the controversial completion technique, re-framing their view of hydraulic fracturing in a hip, fresh way in an effort to reclaim some of the ground lost to opponents who have been outpacing them on social media.
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)

What’s in your frac fluid? U.S. doctors want to know

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Under the newly adopted policy, the American Medical Association also supports better government tracking of the chemicals used in oil and gas extraction.
A well is drilled at an Apache Energy site in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Feb. 14, 2012. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water

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Industry leaders celebrated the report’s release as a vindication of the hydraulic fracturing process that has unlocked oil and gas nationwide, driving a domestic energy boom.
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Water recycling costs coming down in South Texas

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Shale wells require millions of gallons of water. Hydraulic fracturing pumps water, chemicals and sand at high pressure to crack shale, allowing oil and gas to flow up a well.