Fracking News

  • New hydrofracturing book published by NGWA Press

    An Introduction to Water Well Hydrofracturing: A Form of Well Development and Cleaning, was recently published by the Association under its NGWA Press label. Authored by Stuart A. Smith, CGWP, and Allen E. Comeskey, CPG, the book is an update of the text Smith authored in 1989 titled Manual of Hydraulic Fracturing for Well Stimulation and Geologic Studies. The new book discusses how ...

  • Podcast: The Fight Over Fracking

    The Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), in partnership with CH2M, is pleased to announce the newest episode of COGA’s “What Turns You On?“ podcast series – The Fight over Fracking. In this episode of the COGA Energy Podcast, best-selling author and Managing Director of Lime Rock Partners, Gary Sernovitz, comes to us live from the 2016 Rocky Mountain Energy ...


    By CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd.

  • Monitoring for Hydraulic Fracturing, sub topics Setting the Baseline and Ongoing Monitoring

    British Water in collaboration with Cranfield University are pleased to announce the workshop series: Monitoring for Hydraulic Fracturing, sub topics Setting the Baseline and Ongoing Monitoring If you want to discuss recent developments within the environmental and process control monitoring applicable to Hydraulic Fracturing arena, help identify current challenges, and debate ...

  • Noise Pollution Fears Raised at Fracking Planning Meeting

    Fears of noise pollution, water contamination and even potential earthquakes were all aired at a contentious 2-day hearing this week. Would councillors eventually approved fracking to take place in North Yorkshire? Tests for shale gas can now take place in the village of Kirby Misperton, Ryedale, after councillors in a majority vote (7-4) gave the ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Potential of hydraulic fracturing fluids escaping to aquifers subject of new paper in Groundwater

    A recently published scientific paper offers a numerical study of the potential for fluids related to hydraulic fracturing to escape into usable aquifers via nearby abandoned wells. The article was published in National Ground Water Association’s flagship technical journal, Groundwater®. Titled “Influence of Hydraulic Fracturing on Overlying Aquifers in the Presence of Leaky ...

  • NGWREF grant funds study of potential groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing

    The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation has awarded SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, New York, a $6,550 research grant to use probabilistic risk assessment and fault tree analysis (FTA) to evaluate potential groundwater degradation from hydraulic fracturing. “The public and policymakers have been concerned with the potential of hydraulic fracturing impacting our ...

  • UK Parliament backs fracking below national parks

    The British Parliament has approved proposals that would allow fracking for shale gas below national parks, world heritage sites and other designated areas of natural beauty. The measure, which is opposed by environmental groups, was endorsed Wednesday by 298 votes to 261 and paves the way to more extensive fracking three-fourths of a mile below parks. The fracking process involves pumping huge ...


    By Associated Press

  • Silixa Q4 Operations Update

    Utilising permanently installed fibre optic cables, hydraulic fracture monitoring on shale gas wells was completed. Based on the intelligent Distributed Acoustic Sensor (iDAS™) and ULTIMA™ DTS, Silixa’s ...


    By Silixa Ltd

  • Evacuation lifted after fire at fracking chemical warehouse in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania

    Workers at a warehouse were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a production tank Tuesdaywhen a fire started, forcing residents from more than 70 nearby homes for several hours and injuring several people, emergency and company officials said. Hazardous materials crews moved people living near the warehouse in Leetsdale to a high school ...


    By Associated Press

  • Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania combine on gas drilling

    Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on Tuesday agreed to cooperate in attracting shale gas development and jobs to their region over the next three years rather than compete with each other. The states signed an agreement during the Tri-State Shale Summit in Morgantown, West Virginia. They said they've agreed to coordinate marketing efforts, workforce development, investment strategies and ...


    By Associated Press

  • TechLine: Newly Released Study Highlights Significant Utica Shale Potential

    A pioneering study led by West Virginia University, and financially supported by the Energy Department’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and 14 industry members of the Utica Shale Appalachian Basin Exploration Consortium, indicates that the newly explored Utica Shale, which underlies the better-known Marcellus Shale, could hold far more natural gas and oil than previously ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • US drilling states guided on handling quakes

    A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance Monday in a frank new report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater. The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent - ...


    By Associated Press

  • Colorado`s high court to decide if cities can ban fracking

    The Colorado Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether cities can ban hydraulic fracturing, stepping into a high-stakes battle over whether local governments can impose tougher oil and gas rules than the state. The court will hear cases from Longmont, where voters banned hydraulic fracturing in 2012, and Fort Collins, where voters approved a 5-year moratorium in 2013. The Colorado Oil and Gas ...


    By Associated Press

  • Facts on fracking needed to make responsible decisions about UK energy

    The government recently announced that it will award 27 new exploration licences, opening up 1,000 square miles of the UK as potential sites for shale gas extraction. With thousands more people faced with the possibility of having it on their doorstep, the debate on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been well and truly renewed. Proponents argue that shale gas will lessen the UK's dependency ...

  • Faster decision making on shale gas for economic growth and energy security

    Shale gas planning applications will be fast-tracked through a new, dedicated planning process, under measures announced today. Amber Rudd and Greg Clark today announced plans that will ensure local people have a strong say over the development of shale exploration in their area – but will ensure communities and the industry benefit from a swift process for developing safe and suitable new ...

  • Minister of State visits Doe Green IGas site

    The Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change Andrea Leadsom has today visited the IGas site at Doe Green, Warrington, to see what a potential hydraulic fracturing site would look like. Shale can provide a cost-efficient bridge to lower-carbon energy use, and will be especially significant as we move away from coal generation. Exploring for shale will also help create jobs and grow local ...

  • Energy Institute publishes essential guide to shale gas

    The UK Government has promised to support the safe deployment of shale gas as part of the UK's energy policy, but fracking applications have been rejected by local councils. There has been vigorous debate about the potential benefits and risks of developing shale gas in the UK. To help inform the ongoing discussion, the Energy Institute (EI) has published 'A guide to shale gas', which addresses ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • UK Government defines Protected Areas for shale developments

    Areas to be excluded from underground fracking activities have been set out by the Government today, through draft regulations that define the protected areas in which fracking will be prohibited. The draft regulations set out further protections for groundwater and National Parks, Areas of Outstanding National Beauty, the Broads and World Heritage Sites, ensuring the process of hydraulic ...

  • Rotork CMAs enable shale gas well compliance with EPA emissions mandates

    Rotork CMA electric control valve actuators have delivered an efficient and reliable process control solution and eliminated venting and greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with new environmental protection legislation at remotely sited shale gas installations in the USA. Traditionally, spring diaphragm actuators powered by the produced gas have been used, but recent EPA (US ...


    By Rotork

  • New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending 7-year review

    New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments. "After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," Department of Environmental Conservation ...


    By Associated Press

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