Tag: hydraulic fracturing

Texas oil and gas regulator warns against ‘knee-jerk’ reaction to quakes

“A knee-jerk reaction could have a negative impact on our economy because of the large role the oil and gas industry plays here,” a lead industry regulator testified at a subcommittee hearing in Austin.  More »

Fed government failed to inspect higher risk oil wells

The government has failed to inspect thousands of oil and gas wells it considers potentially high risks for water contamination and other environmental damage, congressional investigators say.  More »

Drilling pioneer sees fracking from sea to shining sea

It’s time for the shale revolution to push west, says geologist Kent Bowker. Pressed to reveal a more specific location for his “super-secret” potential bonanza, Bowker joked, “Is this guy a landman?”  More »

EPA considers requiring disclosure of fracking chemicals

The agency could require companies to give the government details on what’s being used to break apart shale rock and release trapped oil and gas, according to a notice today on Reginfo.gov.  More »

UK minister: New life coming to the North Sea

The United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Business and Energy Michael Fallon speaks to FuelFix about the future of oil and gas production in the North Sea and how Britain is preparing for hydraulic fracturing.  More »

Poll: Economics trump environment on energy issues

When it comes to energy, more Americans are concerned about protecting their pocketbook than the environment.  More »

Baker Hughes to reveal all hydraulic fracturing chemicals

The Houston-based oil field services firm says it “believes it is possible to disclose 100 percent of the chemical ingredients we use in hydraulic fracturing fluids without compromising our formulations.”  More »

Governor dodges calls to halt frack sand mining

Mining opponents delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul Tuesday as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.  More »

Emerald Isle seeks black gold offshore

Fergus O’Dowd, Ireland’s Minister of State for the NewEra project, visited Houston this month to push the European nation’s oil and gas potential.  More »

Fracking sand spurs grain-like silos for rail transport

The sleepy silica sand industry that once mostly supplied glassmakers now ships more than 20 million tons of the material a year. Buyers including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. use the sand in hydraulic fracturing at oil fields in Texas and North Dakota.  More »

Photos: Inside Colorado’s fracking boom

Look inside a walled-off fracking facility in Colorado, one of many sites that is making oil — and dollars — flow in the state. But the drilling has come much too fast — and too close — for several communities  More »

Oil industry launches new ad campaign

The oil industry’s leading trade group broadened its pitch beyond the Beltway on Thursday, rolling out new advertisements and a series of state polls highlighting widespread support for domestic energy development from New York to Nevada.  More »