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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As part of a two-year plan to dispose of some of its assets, BP is looking for buyers to take on rights for some 280,000 acres in the Texas Panhandle, in an area rich in natural gas that the company says would be better suited to an operator used to getting the most out of mature territory, FuelFix reports.
The Texas Petro Index, monitoring the oil and gas industry in the state, hit a level in February not seen since 1980, according to the statistic’s creator, who said crude production for the month came to some 77.2 million barrels, FuelFix reports.
Recent finds of mildly radioactive oil filter socks, oilfield waste that was dumped, has triggered concern and illustrates how authorities in North Dakota are having trouble handling some aspects of the shale drilling boom.
No new rules on chemical safety and storage have been put into place a year after an ammonium nitrate explosion killed 15 people and damaged hundreds of homes in West, Texas, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the disaster has spawned disagreements instead.
Railroads, used to operating under exclusively federal jurisdiction, are coming under increasing pressure to provide more information and will face new rules forcing them to do so this summer, as more trains move carrying crude oil despite a spate of derailments, The New York Times reports.
By visiting Taiwan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is breaking a promise the U.S. made to China, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said at a briefing, adding that Beijing has lodged a protest, Reuters reports.