The British charity the CHEM trust is warning that hydraulic fracturing poses health risks, issuing a report as the Lancashire County Council is set to vote whether to approve England's first fracking operation, the Independent reports.
When the price of oil plummeted more than 50 percent between June 2014 and January 2015, oilfield services and products like drilling, well casing, cementing and fracking sand took hits as well, a new analysis from the government’s energy statistics agency says.
The Energy Information Administration report examined the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index, or PPI, which tracks the rates that oil and natural gas support companies were charging for their services during the period from June 2014 to May 2015.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas oil and gas regulators say there is no evidence that a record 4.0 earthquake last month in the northern part of the state was caused by injecting oilfield waste into underground wells.
The Texas Railroad Commission said Friday it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County. The May earthquake didn't cause any serious damage or injuries. It was the largest in recorded history in North Texas.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A natural gas extraction company controlled by energy giant Exxon Mobil sought to prove Wednesday that it is not to blame for a recent rash of small earthquakes in North Texas, telling a powerful state agency that it believes the earthquakes occurred naturally.
XTO Energy submitted evidence to the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state's massive oil and gas industry, during a hearing that will test the agency's willingness to suspend permits for injection wells based on seismology. The wells store wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, which has opened vast reserves of natural gas in North Texas but critics blame for causing small earthquakes.
Hydraulic fracturing does not inherently contaminate groundwater supplies, according to a draft Environmental Protection Agency report released Thursday, but opponents of the process found enough evidence to cite the report as proof that fracking can't be considered safe.
The 998-page draft assessment finds that, even though fracking and related activities have had “no systemic, widespread impact” on drinking water, there has been a limited number of instances in which fracking-related activities such as well integrity and wastewater disposal have been linked to drinking water impacts, including well contamination.
A draft report released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency says hydraulic fracturing has not led to “widespread, systemic” effects on drinking water, but there are some potential "vulnerabilities" stemming from poor practices.
While the study found some specific cases where the process affected drinking water, including some well contamination, “they were small compared to the large number of hydraulically fractured wells across the country.” Those cases stemmed from inadequate well integrity and poor wastewater management.
Other potential for risks include withdrawing water from low-resource areas and fracking directly into reserves containing groundwater.
The study analyzed the flow of water throughout the drilling process, from acquisition of water to chemical mixing, well injection, and wastewater collection and disposal.
The agency will finalize the study following a public comment period and a Science Advisory Board review.
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.
The Interior Department’s Inspector General faults the National Park Service for letting officials—including Vice President Joe Biden and former EPA chief Lisa Jackson—stay at Brinkerhoff Lodge in Wyoming for little or no money, and for failing to maintain sufficient safety standards at the facility, The Hill reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency should go beyond proposed international standards and seek to cut aircraft greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent by 2025, a group of House Democrats told EPA in a letter, The Hill reports.
Minutes released from the Federal Reserve indicating a move to increase interest rates would be delayed, coupled with increasing concerns about the impact of the growing Syrian conflict, drove oil prices higher Thursday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery briefly topped $50 a barrel before ending the trading day at $49.43, an increase of $1.62, while in London, Brent rose $1.72, or 3.4 percent, to $53.05, Marketwatch reports.
Energy Information Administration data showing an increase of 95 billion cubic feet of natural gas in producer stockpiles last week—a smaller number than expected—helped prices gain 2.4 cents Thursday to settle at $2.498 per million British thermal units on the Nymex, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Canadian energy producer Encana Corp. is selling its oil and gas interests in northeast Colorado—which include more than 1,600 wells—to a partnership led by local private equity firm The Broe Group for $900 million, The Denver Post reports.
Entergy Corp., which bought the Rhode Island State Energy Center four years ago for $346 million, is now planning to sell the power plant to private equity firm The Carlyle Group for nearly $500 million, FuelFix reports.
Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good says most of her company's power generation will come from natural gas in the future, with increasing emphasis on renewables and battery storage, but the utility's plans for nuclear plant construction are less certain, the Charlotte Business Journal reports.
A consortium of national laboratories, led by Los Alamos, is working to improve polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells to get them to the point where they are commercially viable, the Los Alamos Daily Post reported on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day.
The mayor of Flint, alongside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, announced Thursday that authorities will be spending $12 million to restore the city’s connection with the Detroit water system, after evidence was uncovered linking its existing water supply with increased lead levels in some children’s blood, The New York Times reports.