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  • Spirit of cooperation frays in fracking debate

    After environmentalists, lawmakers and the oil industry got together last year to draft Illinois' first regulations for hydraulic fracturing, the rest was supposed to be easy. The unusual collaboration was praised as a potential model for other states and a rare example of political foes finding common ground on a complex issue. But six months after the regulations were signed into law, the ...


    By Associated Press

  • California Senate Rejects Moratorium on Fracking

    The California State Senate today rejected a bill that would have imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, acidizing and other controversial forms of oil and gas development. The vote comes despite new polling released last week from the Natural Resources Defense ...

  • Fracking boom to be led by Australia and China

    Australia could be set to become the next major player in the global market for shale gas, according to the findings of a new study. Entitled 'Uncovering Further Opportunities in the Booming Frac Market', the report from Lux Research place China and Argentina close behind. It was suggested that nations all over the world with estimated reserves of 1.7tn boe are all hoping to emulate the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

    The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells. After looking at dozens of cases of suspected contamination, the scientists focused on eight hydraulically fractured wells in those states, where they ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA to require Southern California offshore fracking reports

    Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the Southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released Thursday by federal environmental regulators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the Federal Register, and it will become effective ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA: No Widespread Harm to drinking Water from Fracking

    Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a report that also warned of potential contamination of water supplies if safeguards are not maintained. A draft study issued by the agency found specific instances where poorly constructed drilling wells or improper ...


    By Associated Press

  • Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

    One of America's corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking. General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom. "We like the oil and gas base because we see ...


    By Associated Press

  • Fracking’s future is in doubt as oil price plummets

    There’s no doubt that US-based fracking – the process through which oil and gas deposits are blasted from shale deposits deep underground – has caused a revolution in worldwide energy supplies. Yet now the alarm bells are ringing about the financial health of the fracking industry, with talk of a mighty monetary bubble bursting − leading to turmoil on the international ...


    By Climate News Network

  • New survey identifies fracking skills shortage in UK

    The Conservative-led coalition government's plans to create a nationwide shale gas industry across the UK could be undermined by a shortage of equipment and skills relevant to the sector. This is according to the findings of a new report carried out by Aberdeen-based jobs board Oil and Gas People, which surveyed more than 10,000 people across the industry. Concerns were raised regarding a serious ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • California finds more instances of offshore fracking

    The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed. In waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach - some of the region's most popular surfing strands and tourist attractions - oil companies have used ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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  ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fracking activist wants back on driller`s land

    A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers. Vera Scroggins ...


    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 ...

  • California`s Brown hears fracking gripes

     In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Appearing at a state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles, Brown found himself forced to speak over a noisy group of sign-waving ...


    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

  • Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking

    Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too. For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Texas town voting on fracking ban

    Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early voting in a North Texas university town that's considering a ban on new permits for hydraulic fracturing. The referendum is on Tuesday's ballot in Denton, which is about 40 miles north of Dallas. Though ...


    By Associated Press

  • Book chronicles businessmen who led fracking boom

    "The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters" (Portfolio/Penguin), by Gregory Zuckerman Gregory Zuckerman's book "The Frackers" tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom - and to a bitter debate over whether that's a great thing or an environmental disaster. The ...


    By Associated Press

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