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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)

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.
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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.
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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.
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)

Fracking moratorium bill fends off amendments, heads to vote

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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.
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Commentary: Oil’s perfect storm

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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.
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Scientists launch study of emissions over fracking sites

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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.
Workers adjust piping during a natural gas hydraulic fracturing  operation at an Encana Oil & Gas Inc. drilling site in western Colorado. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

New federal mandates target hydraulic fracturing

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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.
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)

Feds to impose hydraulic fracturing mandates

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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.