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Gas boom in sights as Obama launches methane strategy

President Barack Obama on Friday launched his planned blueprint to curb emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which left open the option for regulating releases by the oil and gas industry for the first time.

Under the new plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide by this fall whether to imposing rules to limit the release of methane by the industry throughout the production chain, with any new rules to be completed by 2016.

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist

A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has loosened restrictions on an anti-fracking activist who had been barred from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Vera Scroggins, 63, who is known for leading bus tours of the Marcellus Shale gas field and posting videos of drilling operations online, had argued the order prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants and other places that leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The company has said it only wanted to keep her from its active work sites.

Regulators from fracking states meet to discuss earthquakes


Officials from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio met this month to discuss the science of earthquakes and plot coordinated ways to deal with the risks and the disposal of fracking wastewater, Bloomberg reports.

Pushed by Ukraine crisis, Europe urged to look again at shale gas

The Wall Street Journal

Pressured by the Ukraine crisis and the threat it poses to the supply of Russian gas, Europe is being urged to diversify its energy sources, and look again at the potential to extract shale gas, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Pa. 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 said the injunction, in place since October, has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends' homes because all of them have leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

Oil company endorses NV's proposed fracking rules

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — A Houston-based oil company has endorsed the state's proposed rules governing hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking.

The proposed regulations support proven technologies to safely develop Nevada's oil and gas, said Kevin Vorhaben of Noble Energy Inc., which is exploring for oil in three Elko County locations.

They also would ensure safety to human health and the environment, he said at a public workshop in Elko on Wednesday hosted the Nevada Division of Minerals.


Illinois county's voters reject anti-fracking measure

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in a struggling southern Illinois county have rejected a ballot referendum meant to pressure the county's governing board to restrict a debated oil drilling practice, leaving open the question of whether the measure failed because of confusion or the prevailing need for jobs.

With nearly half of the county's registered voters casting ballots during spring primaries traditionally marked by low turnout, the measure involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, failed Tuesday by a 600-vote margin, Johnson County Clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead said.

Ohio earthquake average has increased

The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio's earthquake average rose between 2010 and 2014, during the same period when fracking increased, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

NJ eyes ban on fracking waste from any state

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a ban on treating or storing waste products created by hydraulic fracturing operations in the natural gas exploration industry.

A state Senate committee advanced a bill on Monday that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of any wastewater, solids, sludge, or other byproducts resulting from a gas recovery technique commonly known as fracking.

W.Va. environmentalists unhappy with fracking bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmentalists are concerned about a bill to overturn tonnage caps for landfills accepting gas well drill cuttings from hydraulic fracturing operations.

The House has passed the bill in special session and it now waits Senate action.

Delegate Stephen Skinner, who voted against the bill passed Friday, calls it a Band-Aid on a very serious problem.


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