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  • Frack wastewater treatment

    Natural gas producers and public water companies in the US race to meet the 19th May deadline, when they will no longer be able to release contaminated hydrofracking water into the state’s rivers. Altela has developed a technology, validated by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and the US Department of Energy (US DOE), which meets the new regulations for clean ...

  • Baker Hughes to disclose fracking chemicals

    The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations. Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking. In response, the oil and gas industry set up an online database that ...


    By Associated Press

  • Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

    Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation. Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to ...


    By Associated Press

  • AWWA comments address fracking fluids rulemaking

    In recent comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency, AWWA detailed its interests in an Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics rulemaking regarding the use of the Toxic Substances Control Act for collecting information on hydraulic fracturing chemicals and their use. There are numerous questions answered in the comments, but most connect with these central themes: Water utilities ...

  • Fracking Is About to Re-Start in Lancashire, England

    It was announced today that mining for shale gas in Lancashire has been given the go-ahead by the British Government following the ban imposed earlier this year. The unbiased view of the risks of hydraulic fracturing and mining for shale gas are discussed in a White Paper launched in November by leading global risk consultancy, Control Risks: T-shirts bearing ...


    By Marketwire

  • Park Service withdraws comments on fracking rule

    The National Park Service has withdrawn "inappropriate" comments about a proposed rule regulating hydraulic fracturing operations on public lands. Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says no one in management reviewed the staff comments, which he said were submitted erroneously to the federal Bureau of Land Management. Both agencies are part of the Interior Department. In a letter ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

    An accident at a hydraulic fracturing site in northern Colorado killed one worker and seriously injured two othersThursday, authorities said. The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line at the oil or gas well site when it ruptured, Weld County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Standridge said. One man was hit by a stream of water and died from ...


    By Associated Press

  • Major oil and gas firm to list fracking chemicals

    A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit. The oil and gas industry has said the fracking chemicals are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but ...


    By Associated Press

  • Study links hundreds of Ohio quakes to fracking

    A new study suggests fracking triggered hundreds of small, unnoticeable earthquakes in eastern Ohio late last year, months before the state first linked seismic activity to the much-debated oil-and-gas extraction technique. The report, which appears in the November issue of the journal Seismological Research Letters, identified nearly 400 tremors on a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking research needs to consider the bigger picture

    Studies on fracking too often focus on its technical aspects, and not the wider environmental, economic and regulatory context needed for political decision-making, according to a review of existing research by a US researcher. The review provides a framework for understanding these complex issues that could benefit the fracking debate and decision-making about fracking more widely. High volume ...

  • Fracking: US tightens rules for chemical disclosure

    The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, the first major federal regulation of the controversial drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production but raised widespread concerns about possible groundwater contamination. A rule to take effect in ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • HyperSolar’s “No Fracking” Renewable Natural Gas Technology

    HyperSolar, Inc. (OTCBB: HYSR), the developer of a breakthrough technology to make renewable natural gas using solar power, today announced that its technology can help reduce the need for hydraulic fracturing (fracking) used to access underground natural gas resources. The company’s renewable natural gas is a clean, carbon neutral methane gas that can be ...


    By HyperSolar, Inc.

  • Scientists refute lower emissions claim for fracking

    The argument that fracking can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is misguided, according to an international scientific study, because the amount of extra fossil fuel it will produce will cancel out the benefits of its lower pollution content. The study, published today in the journal Nature, recognises that ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Nation’s Most Comprehensive Fracking Regulations Introduced in Illinois

    Yesterday in Springfield, IEC and many of our lead affiliate organizations, Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Faith in Place signed on to support  ...

  • Fracking tax relief to spark a `dash for gas` in the UK

    Chancellor George Osborne has promised to boost the shale gas industry within the UK through implementation of tax reliefs for businesses. Mr Osbourne announced that “shale gas is part of the future and we will make it happen”. It is believed that the tax reliefs will act as a barrier breaker for many UK businesses wishing to enter or further develop in the world of Hydraulic ...


    By Shawcity Limited

  • Fracking Boom Threatens US Water Supplies

    Since the onset of the fracking boom almost a decade ago, every state in the US has been examining its geological resources in the hope of finding oil or gas it can access through this extraction method. Almost half the states are now producing at least some shale gas, with a few – Texas, Pennsylvania, California, Colorado, North Dakota – sitting on massive ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Fracking bill clears Illinois General Assembly

    In the waning hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s 2013 session, legislators passed a bill that would impose new regulations on high volume hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) in the state. The Natural Resources Defense Council continues to support a fracking moratorium. The bill, however, provides several important protections that residents would not otherwise have in the ...

  • Oil companies frack in coastal waters off Calif.

    Companies prospecting for oil off California's coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the practice should require a separate permit and be subject to stricter environmental review. While debate has raged over fracking on land, prompting efforts to ban or severely restrict it, offshore ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oklahoma is Latest State to prevent Local Fracking Bans

    Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing - a process commonly called fracking - or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin. Pushed hard by the oil and gas industry, but fiercely opposed by municipalities and environmental groups, the bill specifically prohibits cities or towns from ...


    By Associated Press

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