Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking


Argentina, Malaysia in deal to develop oil field

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

YPF said the Malaysian state-owned oil company will provide $475 million of an initial investment totaling $550 million for a pilot phase scheduled to start early next year.

China’s troubles with shale gas

The New York Times

China’s attempts to tap into shale gas have been lagging behind rocketing demand, The New York Times reports.

Opponents dominate 1st NC public hearing on fracking


Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.

Michigan taking radioactive fracking waste

Detroit Free Press

Michigan was to have accepted up to 36 tons of radioactive fracking waste that other states rejected, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Brine hauler sues over biblical fracking billboard

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.

Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals, of Coshocton in eastern Ohio, contain false and defamatory attacks against its two wells, which dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.

The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. The parties object to statements on two billboards along U.S. Route 36, including one that "DEATH may come."

Potential problems from fracking highlighted in Maryland study

The Baltimore Sun

Allowing fracking in western Maryland could bring health and pollution risks as well as social problems, according to a University of Maryland study, The Baltimore Sun reports.

SEC charges Chimera Energy, 4 individuals, with fraud


Andrew I. Farmer allegedly took control of Chimera Energy in secret and went about hawking $4.58 million in shares in 2012 by lying that the company was using waterless fracking technology, according to charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.

New rules for disposal wells proposed in Texas


The Texas Railroad Commission, the regulator in charge of the state’s oil industry, has proposed new rules governing the siting of disposal wells. The regulations were crafted by seismologist Craig Pearson, who was hired in April to address mounting concerns over earthquakes, FuelFix reports.

Drillers fail to get permits for fracking with diesel


The Environmental Integrity Project found since 2010, 351 wells were fracked with diesel or its equivalent and the drillers failed to get required permits for doing so, Bloomberg reports.

Fracking taking place through potential drinking water, say researchers

Los Angeles Times

Stanford University researchers, presenting their work at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco Tuesday, said they found that fracking at the Pavillion gas field in Wyoming was taking place through sources of drinking water, although they did not report on any contamination, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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