Tag: hydraulic fracturing

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 »

Kansas official links earthquakes to disposal of waste water

The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012.  More »

U.A.E. sees oil drop hurting shale drillers, not OPEC

The Persian Gulf nation will stick with a plan to boost its capacity to 3.5 million barrels a day in 2017, in spite of the global supply glut.  More »

Sand boom headed for uncertainty, Moody’s says

With crude prices down more than 55 percent since the summer of 2014, sand producers are facing uncertainty about how much of the material will be needed in the next few years.  More »

Idea for gas terminal off East Coast rankles fracking foes

Liberty Natural Gas wants to build a deep-water port in federal waters 19 miles off Jones Beach, New York, and 29 miles off Long Branch, New Jersey. Its stated purpose is to bring additional natural gas into the New York area during times of peak demand, thereby lowering home-heating prices.  More »

NY fracking ban seen as having little impact on supply

Scientists say New York’s available reserves of natural gas in the sprawling Marcellus Shale are minuscule compared to what can be extracted in other states such as Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  More »

Texas city that prepared for oil boom now waits for bust

Sweetwater envisioned becoming a major player in the hydraulic-fracturing boom, thanks to its location atop the Cline Shale, once estimated to be the nation’s largest underground petroleum formation.  More »

Study links Ohio earthquakes to Houston company’s wells

Earthquakes that shook an Ohio town last year are linked to hydraulic fracturing, according to a new study published by a scientific journal today.  More »

Midland Basin oil worker talks crude prices, fracking bans in Reddit AMA

The worker answered dozens of questions from Redditors on life as a roughneck and the feelings among workers as dropping crude prices threaten to halt drilling.  More »

Vertical rigs dropped first as producers pull back

Baker Hughes data shows the rig count falling across the board, but with the sharpest falloff in vertical rigs.  More »

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York’s decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.  More »
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