Tag: hydraulic fracturing

Local communities rebelling 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 »

A victim of the industry downturn asks for advice

This week I answer a reader email from someone who has unfortunately been caught up in the industry’s reaction to plunging oil prices.  More »

Interior Secretary: Feds won’t overrule tougher state fracking regulations

At issue are proposed regulations from the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management that would govern the design and stimulation of wells on public lands.  More »

Colorado oil, gas debate resumes as task force finishes up

The 21-member task force has been wrestling with how much power local governments should have to regulate drilling.  More »

Dutch authorities put gas revenues ahead of safety, report says following earthquakes

The Dutch Safety Board reached the conclusion in a report prompted by dozens of small but damaging earthquakes caused by gas drilling that have rocked the northern province of Groningen for years, causing structural damage to thousands of buildings.  More »

Apache reports $4.8 billion loss

Exploration and production company Apache Corp. reported a $4.8 billion loss in the fourth quarter and said it would slow its production activity in the face of falling oil prices.  More »

Kansas geologists look for earthquake and fracking correlation

For at the last 15 months, Kansas geologist Rex Buchanan estimates, he’s spent 90 percent of his time studying something once relatively rare in the state – earthquakes.  More »

Fracking puts California governor, environmentalists at odds

California is the No. 3 oil producer in the nation and has added an average of 300 wells each month for the past decade, about half of them using hydraulic fracturing.  More »

West Texas frac sand proposal abandoned

The businessman, Lee Pfluger, ended months of increasingly rancorous debate with a dramatic flourish, making his announcement during a highly anticipated civic meeting in San Angelo on Monday.  More »

Scotland adds to growing list of places that ban fracking

Scottish officials told the BBC they’ll investigate concerns over the technique ranging from earthquakes to water pollution.  More »

U.K. lawmakers urge fracking moratorium

Hydraulic fracturing in shale for oil and gas should be put on hold in the U.K. because of risks to public health and the environment, a panel of lawmakers said.  More »

Commentary: Should we allow further drilling on public land?

When done properly, extraction of natural resources from federal land has helped develop the economy while at the same time providing valuable income to defray the costs of running the federal government. Leases are certainly not new and, according to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), there are currently over 46,000 active leases on federal […]  More »

Venezuela’s Maduro sees U.S. wielding oil as weapon to ‘destroy’ nation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has avoided substantial cuts to social programs amid the slide in crude, the commodity that provides 97 percent of Venezuela’s dollars.  More »

Nearly 3 million gallons of brine spill in North Dakota oil boom’s largest leak

The saltwater, known as brine, is an unwanted byproduct of oil and natural gas production that is much saltier than sea water and may also contain petroleum and residue from hydraulic fracturing operations.  More »

U.S. shale oil growth hurts Canadians as well as OPEC

A surge of light oil from North Dakota and Texas is cutting into the earnings of Canadians who turn heavy oil sands into a lighter crude that fetches more from refiners.  More »
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