Saying Europe could reap one tenth of its energy needs from hydraulic fracturing in shale, European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger urged Germany to keep an open mind on fracking in light of recent recommendations that raise concern on the safety of the process, Reuters reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.
Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science. Many of the quakes were much farther away from the wells than expected.
Combined, those wells daily pour more than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of water a mile or two underground into rock formations, the study found. That buildup of fluid creates more pressure that "has to go somewhere," said study lead author Cornell University seismologist Katie Keranen.
Following a court ruling backing the power of New York communities to ban fracking, lawyers are speculating that a future legal challenge could come from a landowner challenging the loss of valuable rights known as takings, E&E reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.
The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders.
The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning.
The two "fracking" cases from two central New York towns have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into the state's piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear water and air pollution.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Central Oklahoma residents are demanding to know whether earthquake swarms that have shaken their homes and their nerves in recent months are caused by oil and gas drilling operations in the area.
About 500 people attended a meeting with regulators and research geologists Thursday night in Edmond. Many urged the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to ban or severely restrict the wells that are used to dispose of wastewater from drilling and that some scientists say could be linked to the quakes.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too.
For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts.
But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt. Unlike other communities that have embraced the lucrative drilling boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, leaders here have temporarily halted all fracking as they consider an ordinance that could make theirs the first city in the state to permanently ban the practice.
As political strategists suggest efforts in Colorado to slow or block hydraulic fracturing could hurt vulnerable Democrats, Gov. John Hickenlooper and other Democratic leaders are pushing for a compromise to keep the issue off state ballots, The New York Times reports.
Eager to explore alternatives to imported gas, Angela Merkel’s government in Germany is working on a regulatory framework that would allow a resumption of fracking in the country, which has been banned for years, The New York Times reports.
A $1.9 million bonus the Department of Energy awarded to the contractor that operated the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, five days after the fire that crippled the facility, praised Nuclear Waste Partnership for excellent performance, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
The NHL, releasing its 2014 sustainability report in partnership with NRDC –- which found that one hockey game emits 408 metric tons of carbon dioxide -- is vowing to work with its clubs to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their energy efficiency, The Hill reports.
Demand for drilling equipment boosted the profit for oilfield services giant Halliburton in the second quarter, at $774 million, or 91 cents a share, up 20 percent from the year-ago period, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Chief Operating Officer Jeff Miller has been given the added title of president and will join the company's board.
After more than six years of development, Chevron says it has started producing base oil -– used for motor vehicles and to grease industrial equipment -– at its refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., FuelFix reports.
Delta Air Lines has reached a five-year agreement with Bridger LLC to bring 65,000 barrels of domestic crude a day to its refinery in Pennsylvania, a facility that lost $41 million in the first quarter, Bloomberg reports.
A measure expected to be ratified by the South Portland council Monday, to ban tankers loading crude in the local port, will effectively block plans to reverse the flow of the Portland Montreal Pipeline to carry Alberta tar sands crude, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Midcontinent Independent System Operator, in figures to be discussed with stakeholders Tuesday, says its power prices dropped substantially in June because there was less congestion and more generators available, although the numbers were still higher than levels a year earlier, Platts reports.
Bill Magwood, a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission who is headed to become chief of the Paris-based Nuclear Energy Agency, should be asked to leave his NRC post, groups including Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth wrote to President Obama, The Hill reports.
Politico profiles Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., a brash congressman who is in line for a next-generation party leadership position but is also generating some resentment back home by funding anti-fracking ballot measures.
In “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” author Jeremy Rifkin writes that the revolution that has upended traditional models in the energy industry -– most evident in Germany at the moment –- will contribute to the end of capitalism as a whole. He explains his concept to E&E in an interview.