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  • The trouble with fracking

    The UK may be sitting on vast reserves of shale gas accessible with today’s technology to the petrochemicals industry only through the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking”. Unfortunately for the industry and its lobbyists there are strong public opinions on fracking not least because of five major environmental and health concerns about its ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fracking health project puts numbers to debate

    A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the problems may not be as widespread as some critics claim. The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has been trying to help people who feel ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 ...

  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt that has stood since a federal judge ruled in 2013 that the federal agency failed to follow environmental law in allowing an ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • Shale gas: new fracking projects must pass environmental test

    The European Parliament has proposed that exploration and hydraulic fracturing extraction activities for non-conventional hydrocarbons should be subject to environmental impact studies, in adopting an amendment to existing EU legislation on Wednesday. MEPs also suggest measures to prevent conflicts of interest and to ensure that the public is informed and consulted. “We are revising this ...


    By European Parliament

  • 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 lawmakers ask for offshore fracking probe

    A group of state lawmakers has asked the federal government to investigate hydraulic fracturing off the California coast where new oil leases have been banned since a disastrous oil spill in 1969. Fracking has occurred in the Santa Barbara Channel at least 12 times since the late 1990s, and regulators earlier this year approved a new project, according to a recent report by The Associated Press, ...


    By Associated Press

  • California panel launches probe into offshore fracking

    California regulators have launched an investigation into offshore hydraulic fracturing after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast for the past two decades. The California Coastal Commission promised to look into the extent of so-called fracking in federal and state waters and any potential risks. "We take our obligation to protect the marine environment very seriously ...


    By Associated Press

  • Feds approve more fracking off California coast

    The federal government has approved three new fracking jobs off the shores of California as state coastal regulators voiced concerns about potential environmental impacts. The work in the Santa Barbara Channel, site of a 1969 oil platform blowout, has not yet begun and it was not immediately clear when it would. The ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • 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

  • Laboratory study cuts fracking waste`s radioactivity

    Researchers believe they have found an unlikely way to decrease the radioactivity of some hydraulic fracturing wastewater: Mix it with the hazardous drainage from mining operations. The wastewater is created when some of the chemical-laced water used to fracture thick underground rocks flows back out of the wellbore. The water is tainted with chemicals, toxins and in some parts of the country - ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • New York Court Upholds Communities’ Right to Protect Residents from Fracking

    The New York Court of Appeals today upheld communities' right to use traditional local zoning laws to keep fracking out of their borders if they so choose. The ruling came in two cases decided jointly—one brought by an oil company and the other a dairy farm that wanted to lease its land—challenging the towns of Dryden and Middlefield's decisions to ban the industrial activity ...

  • NEW POLL: 8 in 10 New Yorkers Support State’s Fracking Moratorium

    A new statewide poll of New Yorkers found that nearly eight in 10 support the state’s moratorium on fracking, amidst widespread concern over the safety of the practice. At the same time, the overwhelming majority support more renewable energy development. “Across party lines—from the city to the country—New Yorkers have made it clear that they ...

  • 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 ...

  • U.K. to resume fracking for shale gas - new controls set

    British Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey has announced that exploratory hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for shale gas can resume in the UK, subject to new controls to mitigate the risks of seismic activity. Shale gas represents a promising new potential energy resource for the UK, said ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nearly half of U.S. Fracking sites overlap with water-stressed regions

    A new report from CERES draws a connection between water risk and hydraulic fracturing in the United States. The report adds an important dimension to the conversation about how energy use and water stress will play out in the years ahead. The ...

  • Ohio communities stand with Munroe Falls on importance of local control over community character in face of fracking

    A group of Ohio municipalities have weighed in on behalf of home rule protections against fracking operations in a controversial Ohio Supreme Court Case pitting communities against unfettered oil and gas development. The cities of Broadview Heights, Euclid, Mansfield, and North Royalton, and the Village of Amesville, today submitted a “friends of the court” brief in a case regarding ...

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