Fracking ban supporters continue to look into possible legal challenges to a new state law blocking Denton, Texas from interfering with drilling, while protesters have been picketing a well site, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — 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 Supreme Court decides a separate case regarding how the state panels are formed. No drilling units had been approved before the judge issued his order.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a prohibition on cities and towns imposing local ordinances preventing fracking and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas activities.
The much-watched measure sailed through the GOP-controlled Legislature after voters in Denton, a university town near Dallas, banned hydraulic fracturing locally in November.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved Monday to ban its own cities from imposing prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing and other potentially environmentally harmful oil and natural gas drilling activities within their boundaries — a major victory for industry groups and top conservatives who have decried rampant local "overregulation."
Lawmakers in America's largest oil-producing state scrambled to limit local energy exploration prohibitions after Denton, a university town near Dallas, passed an ordinance in November against hydraulic fracturing or fracking, attempting to keep encroaching drilling bonanzas outside their community.
The U.S. Geological Survey is preparing to map the proximity of man-made earthquakes to wastewater injection wells from oil and gas drilling, and a top researcher says access to seismic and hydraulic fracturing data and the unpredictability of induced quakes will prove the agency’s biggest challenges.
USGS Research Geophysicist Justin Rubinstein, who contributed to a recent report forecasting the risks of earthshaking near regions with heightened seismicity, told EnergyGuardian that the nature of man-made quakes makes them far more difficult to project.
A hearing before the House Science committee showed the sharp divide over the seismic hazards of hydraulic fracturing and wastewater disposal as the U.S Geological Survey released its first pass at modeling the risks of earthquakes induced by human activity.
"Potentially induced seismicity greatly increases the seismic hazard in Oklahoma and in the other induced seismicity zones," the USGS report said.
But Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told the Science committee hearing that he thinks fracking-related earthquakes are being overblown.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.
Oklahoma has filed a new lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on power plant carbon emissions even though several earlier legal actions have been dismissed by the courts, The Hill reports.
Traders reported a surge in activity around renewable identification numbers for biomass-based biodiesel, after the Energy Information Administration reported a jump in production to 108 million gallons in April, Platts reports.
Oil prices recovered slightly early Thursday after a steep drop the day before that was prompted by news of production and supply gains. U.S. benchmark crude inched 6 cents higher to $57.02 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent rose 29 cents to $62.30, Reuters reported.
As part of its efforts to improve cash flow during the oil slump, Houston-based offshore operator Energy XXI has sold a rich field near the mouth of the Mississippi River to a private buyer for $21 million, FuelFix reports.
Westar Energy has agreed to refund $10 million to customers and cut its future rates by $8 million a year to settle a complaint that the Kansas Corporation Commission filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.
With David Koch in the audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival, climate activist Tom Steyer said he didn’t see differences with the conservative businessman “as an ideological issue,” and that the market could resolve environmental and climate concerns, National Journal reports.
Cuba’s economy may benefit from new U.S investments, but some are concerned about what the changes might mean for the country’s mangrove forests, coral reefs and other environmental assets, The New York Times reports.