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  • 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

  • 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

  • Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

    A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald W. Stephens' decision earlier this month prevents the Mining and Energy Commission from approving drilling units for hydraulic fracturing until the state ...


    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

  • EPA Must Require Full Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals

    The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it will solicit comments from the public regarding whether it should require chemical manufacturers to reveal basic information about the dangerous chemicals used in fracking around the country. This move could—and should—be the first step toward developing long-overdue nationwide rules that would allow the agency and the public to ...

  • ND to join Wyoming lawsuit against federal fracking rules

    North Dakota, whose oil riches have been unlocked by the use of hydraulic fracturing, said Tuesday it will join Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging a new federal rule requiring more information about the process when it's used on U.S. government lands. The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic ...


    By Associated Press

  • Stag Energy Services Responds to Fracking Concerns With Hope for Development

    Although the recent boon of natural gas obtained through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, techniques has caused an overwhelming sense of relief to the American public in terms of economics and sustainability, some fear that the process could contaminate local water supplies. A recent ...


    By STEAG Energy Services LLC

  • Obama administration sued over Gulf of Mexico fracking info

    An environmental advocacy group sued the Obama administration in federal court on Thursday for refusing to release documents detailing the extent of fracking in the Gulf of Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit in U.S District Court in Washington, saying the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has refused to comply with ...


    By Associated Press

  • AP: Study finds fracking chemicals didn`t spread

    A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy tells The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas ...


    By Associated Press

  • Administration releases new draft rules for fracking on public lands

    New draft rules for fracking on public lands, released by the federal Bureau of Land Management today, would leave drinking water supplies for millions of Americans, as well as millions of acres of wild lands, at risk, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The rules need to be strengthened in a number of ways in order to protect public health and the environment. The stakes are ...

  • EPA won`t confirm fracking-pollution tie in Wyoming

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday it is dropping its longstanding plan to have independent scientists review its finding that hydraulic fracturing may be linked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming. The EPA is standing by its findings, but state officials will lead further investigation into the pollution in ...


    By Associated Press

  • Prime Minister David Cameron argues fracking is good for the economy

    Prime Minister David Cameron has argued that the UK economy will receive a significant boost with the extraction of shale gas through fracking and that it will also encourage increasing numbers of firms to invest in the country. Some 1,300tn cf of shale gas is thought to be present in the north of England, according to the British Geological Survey. Speaking at the World Economic Forum at Davos ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • New York Fracking Gag order violates freedom of speech

    The Town of Sanford, New York, is violating its residents’ First Amendment right to free speech by placing a gag order on discussion of proposed fracking in the state at town board meetings, according to a lawsuit filed today by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy. “If people are silenced by their own elected representatives, how can they trust ...

  • Environmental Groups to California Leaders: Fix the Fracking Bill Now

    The Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and California League of Conservation Voters are calling on the California leaders to fix newly passed California fracking legislation (SB 4) because the bill contains dangerous amendments that undermine both critical safeguards to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking as well as foundational state environmental review ...

  • Some residents oppose Wyoming-EPA frack study deal

    People who have been living with tainted well water in central Wyoming voiced concernFriday that they were excluded from a deal that has the state taking over further study of groundwater pollution from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Northern Arapaho Tribe raised concerns after the agreement was announced  ...


    By Associated Press

  • California Poll: Overwhelming majority want protection from fracking

    A new poll of key California State Assembly districts found that the overwhelming majority of respondents are concerned about fracking, want protections from threats to their air and water, and believe oil and gas companies should be held to a higher standard of accountability than they currently are, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. “Californians are paying attention to ...

  • Fracking Study Finds New Gas Wells Leak More

    In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • Shale gas: independent planning is key to reducing environmental impacts of fracking

    Funding for scientists, planners and inspectors should be available before any shale gas development begins, a new review recommends. As revenue for such staff is often provided by the development itself, planning, which is vital to provide immediate environmental protection as well as monitoring long-term impacts, is neglected. The researchers also advocate the use of ‘adaptive ...

  • NRDC: Governor Brown signs compromised Fracking Bill, Vowing to Fix it

    Governor Brown signed fracking bill SB 4 into law late last Friday afternoon. The bill was undermined by last-minute amendments at the end of this year’s legislative session and needs corrective amendments, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Statement from Annie Notthoff, NRDC California Advocacy Director: “As a majority of Californians agree ...

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