Despite the concerted efforts of North Carolina lawmakers to create a legal framework to get fracking going, low estimates of the state’s gas reserves mean expectations are “not that high” for attracting the interest of drillers, Mining and Energy Commission Chairman James Womack told E&E.
On the downside of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, an understaffed, unprepared Department of Environmental Protection has failed to follow up on reports of contamination, hasn’t forced drillers to deal with tainted water, and has used an inspection policy that’s a quarter of a century old, according to a report from the state’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General has issued a strong defense of his investigation of hydraulic fracturing, ignoring a Republican request that he stop the probe and rejecting charges that the study is inappropriate and a waste of money.
"This review ls consistent with the OIG's responsibilities to oversee the programs of the EPA," wrote EPA IG Arthur Elkins, Jr., in response to a letter from a group of Republican senators. "The OIG does not consider its evaluation as a duplication of prior or ongoing work."
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, D, said he wouldn't be able to win enough support for a measure to give towns more control over hydraulic fracturing, setting the stage for the issue to be decided by a pair of ballot measures in November, The New York Times reports.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — The council governing a North Texas city that sits atop a large natural gas reserve rejected a bid early Wednesday morning to ban further permitting of hydraulic fracturing in the community after eight hours of public testimony.
Denton City Council members voted down the petition 5-2, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on what's believed to hold one of the biggest natural gas reserves in the U.S. could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with Denton City Council members set to vote Tuesday night on a citizen-led petition.
Industry groups and state regulators warn that such a ban ban could be followed by litigation and a severe hit to the city economy. The City Council is holding a public hearing Tuesday night, with a vote to follow.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.
Fracking generates vast amounts of wastewater, far more than traditional drilling methods. The water is pumped into injection wells, which send the waste thousands of feet underground. No one knows for certain exactly what happens to the liquids after that. Scientists wonder whether they could trigger quakes by increasing underground pressures and lubricating faults.
GUTHRIE, Oklahoma (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded seven small earthquakes shaking central Oklahoma in a span of about 14 hours.
The temblors are part of an increase in earthquakes across Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas that some scientists say could be connected to the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, and especially the wells in which the industry disposes of its wastewater.
NEW YORK (AP) — Halliburton said Friday it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.
The Houston company, which provides drilling services to oil and gas operators, said it will create the joint venture with an affiliate of SPT Energy Group. The venture will focus on hydraulic fracturing and production enhancement services in Xinjiang, China.
Exxon Mobil Corp. accused Pennsylvania's attorney general of using a criminal case against the company over a waste water spill as part of a larger effort to stop hydraulic fracturing in the state, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is opening sealed bids Wednesday from 14 companies looking to pick up oil and gas leases in the western Gulf of Mexico, mostly concentrating on 81 tracts, FuelFix reports.
Wind energy is expected to grow in the U.S. over the next two years, but the expiration of the wind Production Tax Credit has cast doubt on the future beyond 2015 despite declines in cost and prices, says the Department of Energy’s annual report on the sector, according to Platts.
Oil was rising Wednesday as traders anticipated the day’s data would reveal a stockpile decline and speculated that recent price drops have been excessive. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery gained 26 cents to $93.12 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex while the expiring September contract jumped $1.77 to $96.25, and in London October Brent was up 72 cents to $102.28, Bloomberg reports.
Berkshire Hathaway chief and billionaire Warren Buffett has sold off most of the conglomerate’s holding in ConocoPhillips and is looking to unload other oil company shares, FuelFix reports, noting that the decline in oil prices may be fueling his moves.
Faced with increasing drought and power plants that use large quantities of water, a Southern Co. subsidiary has teamed with other utilities and national industry research groups to create the Water Research Center in Georgia, a facility seeking to find ways of improving water management, E&E reports.
An event Thursday in Fort Collins, Colo., in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States rule is being hosted by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and the company that brews Fat Tire, The Hill reports.
Moves by Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate to back Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley’s run for the Senate against Joni Ernst have him lending support to the Renewable Fuel Standard, which a number of environmentalists oppose because they say ethanol and the RFS undermine the fight against climate change, National Journal reports.
A draft of New Hampshire’s 10-year energy plan prepared by research firm Navigant, which is set to be finalized before Sept. 1, outlines what the state can do to boost renewables, efficiency and infrastructure, WMUR reports.