Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Judge blocks federal oil, gas drilling rules pending lawsuit

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked new nationwide regulations for oil and gas drilling on federal lands from taking effect while a lawsuit moves ahead, pointing to a law that prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating hydraulic fracturing.

Just because the EPA lacks authority to regulate fracking doesn't mean the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has leeway to do so, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl wrote. "In the absence of a statute conferring authority, an administrative agency has none," he wrote.

Oil

U.S. drilling states guided on handling quakes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A group of U.S. drilling states, seismologists, academics and industry experts issued guidance Monday in a frank new report on handling human-induced earthquakes caused by hydraulic fracturing or the disposal of fracking wastewater.

The 150-page report, produced by the StatesFirst initiative, represents perhaps the most candid discussion on the topic since tremors across the mid-continent — including in Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and Ohio — began being linked to fracking and deep-injection wastewater disposal around 2009.

Colorado's high court to decide if cities can ban fracking

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether cities can ban hydraulic fracturing, stepping into a high-stakes battle over whether local governments can impose tougher oil and gas rules than the state.

The court will hear cases from Longmont, where voters banned hydraulic fracturing in 2012, and Fort Collins, where voters approved a 5-year moratorium in 2013.

UK government seeks fast track on fracking decisions

Source: 
The Guardian

Local governments would have to decide on applications to drill for shale gas within 16 weeks, under measures announced by the British government Thursday, The Guardian reports.

Cuadrilla to appeal UK council's anti-fracking decision

LONDON (AP) — Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. says it will appeal a local authority decision to block the oil and gas exploration company's bid to frack shale gas in northwest England — a setback for plans to establish a fracking industry in Britain.

Lancashire county councilors last month rejected plans for exploratory drilling at two sites about 240 miles (385 kilometers) northwest of London, citing effects on traffic and the landscape.

Associated Press

EPA watchdog urges decision on fracking chemical disclosure

The Environmental Protection Agency needs to improve its oversight of whether diesel fuel is used in hydraulic fracturing, and decide whether to require the disclosure of chemicals used in the oil and gas extraction process, the agency's internal watchdog says.

The inspector general's report Thursday drew measured praise from some environmental groups and a cautious reception from industry, but was blasted by a prominent Republican chairman on Capitol Hill.

USGS: Water use high in Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Utica Shales

Source: 
FuelFix

IHS data compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey shows drillers in the Eagle Ford, Marcellus and Utica Shale plays use more water than those in the Bakken Shale and some plays in Colorado, FuelFix reports.

Pennsylvania drillers increasingly discontent with Wolf administration

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to slash estimates for the number of Pennsylvania jobs provided by the shale-gas industry –- to 89,000 -– is the latest in a series of actions alarming drillers in the state, The Wall Street Journal reports.

New York formalizes ban on fracking

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas on Monday, concluding a seven-year environmental and health review that drew a record number of public comments.

"After years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts, prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing is the only reasonable alternative," Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said in announcing the decision. "High-volume hydraulic fracturing poses significant adverse impacts to land, air, water, natural resources and potential significant public health impacts that cannot be adequately mitigated."

Federal judge stays BLM's fracking rule

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A federal judge in Wyoming has postponed new federal rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land a day before they were set to take effect.

The stay issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl means new rules for the practice of hydraulic fracturing on federal lands now won't take effect until at least mid-August.

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