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  • DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn`t taint water

    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 aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the ...


    By Associated Press

  • First Nation wins legal challenge stopping water license for fracking in BC

    Fort Nelson First Nation (FNFN) has won a major legal challenge against the BC government and Nexen Inc., an upstream oil and gas company. The first long-term water license granted in the Horn River Basin for shale gas fracking has been cancelled, effective immediately, by the Environmental Appeal Board (EAB). The license, issued to Nexen in 2012, authorized the company to pump millions of ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Fracking critics unhappy with Obama climate speech

    President Barack Obama's speech this week on climate change forcefully rejected some key arguments made by opponents of natural gas fracking, upsetting some environmental groups that otherwise back his climate goals. Obama, in his address Tuesday calling for urgent action to address climate change, praised what he called ...


    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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Chemical Makers, Energy Companies Tell EPA Not to Mandate Fracking Fluid Disclosure

    Chemical makers and energy companies have told the Environmental Protection Agency there is no need for it to require them to report information about the chemicals used for hydraulic fracturing fluids. “The American Petroleum Institute does not think that this Toxic Substances Control Act rulemaking is necessary in light of the extensive information already ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Study identifies more than 6,000 spills at oil and gas fracking sites

    Hydraulic fracturing techniques have resulted in thousands of spills in four states over a 10-year period, a new study finds. Researchers at Duke University say they have identified at least 6,648 fracking-related spills in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and North Dakota between 2005 and 2014.  North Dakota was home to at least 4,453 incidents, or 67 percent of the spills that were ...

  • 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 ...

  • ILG Energy Helps Clients Maneuver New Fracking Guidelines

    Much has been made of the large surplus and low prices of natural gas, and, from the standpoint of the consumer, the natural gas industry might seem to be flourishing like never before. The reality is that, in any industry, there are always ups and downs, and even natural gas companies are seeing their share of tumult. To name one example, the Obama administration has recently passed new ...


  • 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 ...

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