NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Over the objection of environmental groups and Virginia's governor, a federal management plan released Tuesday will allow a form of natural gas drilling known as fracking to occur in parts of the largest national forest on the East Coast.
The U.S. Forest Service originally planned to ban fracking in the 1.1 million-acre George Washington National Forest, but energy companies cried foul after a draft of the plan was released in 2011. It would have been the first outright ban on the practice in a national forest.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — An accident at a hydraulic fracturing site in northern Colorado killed one worker and seriously injured two others Thursday, authorities said.
The three men were trying to heat a frozen high-pressure water line at the oil or gas well site when it ruptured, Weld County sheriff's Sgt. Sean Standridge said. One man was hit by a stream of water or fracking fluid and died from the impact.
Halliburton Co. has launched a new "war room" designed to track shipments of sand used in hydraulic fracturing in an effort to ensure consistent deliveries to drilling sites, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A study of a component of hydraulic fracturing fluid, conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder, found chemicals commonly found in toothpaste and ice cream, The Washington Post reports.
A group of Illinois landowners filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Natural Resources over its hydraulic fracturing rules, alleging the agency didn't follow proper procedures in its efforts to implement the rules, The Associated Press reports.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing — a fight that cities nationwide considering similar laws will likely be watching closely.
An industry group and the state's little-known but powerful General Land Office responded quickly to the measure Denton approved Tuesday night, seeking an injunction in District Court to stop it from being enforced.
Faced with fracking protesters outside his polling place Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., noted after casting his ballot that the issue of hydraulic fracturing is a divisive one, adding that he wants to leave the decision on whether to allow drilling in his state up to scientists, The Associated Press reports.
United States Energy Association membership briefing with Energy Department on stress state and induced seismicity. USGS senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards William Smith among speakers.
During Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the study on the health impacts of fracking, which was started back in 2012, should be completed before the end of the year, WIXX reports.
Cabot Oil & Gas and Vera Scroggins return to court in Pennsylvania next week in another chapter of their long-running legal fight, with the 63-year-old anti-fracking activist potentially facing fines or time in prison, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
Oil gained early Monday after comments from OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri that prices could climb to $200 a barrel, but resumed its slide after he said there was an excess supply to the tune of 1.5 million barrels per day. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery dropped 44 cents to settle at $45.15 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 1.3 percent, falling 63 cents to $48.16, Bloomberg reports.
In a move that marks another hefty restructuring of master limited partnerships, Energy Transfer Partners says it’s acquiring Regency Energy Partners, a sister firm operating under parent Energy Transfer Equity LP, for more than $11 billion, FuelFix reports.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court will decide how lawsuits related to earthquakes should be handled, agreeing to take on an appeal from Sandra Lada, who says she was injured in 2011 in a quake she blames on two oil companies operating disposal wells, the Tulsa World reports.
Following a move by two utilities to drop their contracts to buy power from Cape Wind, grid operator ISO New England last week suspended the project’s participation in New England’s wholesale electricity markets, and the company has stopped paying to lease land in Rhode Island that would have been a staging area to build the $2.5 billion offshore wind farm, The Boston Globe reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 5,500 entrants in the National Building Competition last year -– battling each other to see who can save the most energy –- is a far cry from the 14 who took part when EPA started the contest in 2010, E&E reports.