Tag: hydraulic fracturing

Both Democrats and Republicans are unhappy with new fracking rules

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.  More »

North Dakota might challenge new federal fracking rule

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.  More »

Maryland House, Senate pass fracking bills

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.  More »

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

On Monday, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act dodged attempts by House Republicans to change the legislation and make it easier for fracking to start in western Maryland.  More »

Commentary: Oil’s perfect storm

The precipitous drop in global oil prices that began last October has not only overturned business plans and fiscal assumptions. It also has upset a host of cherished geopolitical assumptions.  More »

Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

Scientists from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan 15 research flights out of Colorado and Texas between now and May.  More »

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

Although the rule only applies to development on public and tribal lands — where there are more than 100,000 oil and gas wells today — environmentalists have argued that tough federal protections could provide inspiration for state regulators.  More »

Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

The Bureau of Land Management regulation set to be issued Friday has drawn fire from industry leaders who insist well-tailored state rules are better than one-size-fits-all federal mandates.  More »

New fracking rules coming in ‘days’

The mandates are aimed at boosting the integrity of wells on public lands to ensure oil, gas and other fluids are contained within them and ensuring recovered water and other fluids are safely stored at the sites.  More »

Fracking law opens North Carolina to drilling

The set of 120 rules that govern issues including well construction, water testing and buffer zones was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel.  More »

Improperly disposed radioactive oil field waste found in North Dakota

Officials on Thursday said up to 100 filter socks were found in a property in within the city limits of Williston. The socks are the nets that strain liquids in the oil production process.  More »

Ohio deep injection well seeks to reopen after quakes

American Water Management Services asked the Oil and Gas Commission at a Wednesday hearing to lift a state chief’s order that shut down the well at its Weathersfield site, near Warren, last fall.  More »

Protesters target Apache over Argentine drilling

Apache called the claims “without merit.”  More »

Colorado’s oil and gas regulator hopes to get new rules in place this year

The task force recommendations include changing oil and gas commission rules to give local governments a consulting role in decisions on where large oilfield facilities are located.  More »

Local communities standing against and for fracking

While some local communities have been fighting to keep fracking outside their borders, a group of towns in New York have been debating whether to ditch the state for frack friendly Pennsylvania.  More »
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