Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

WSJ: Methane capture, better well construction would improve fracking

The Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal essayist Russell Gold suggests a three-pronged approach to assure fracking safety: Effective methane capture, better water data and better well construction. 

Momentum is building globally for fracking


Ex-BP CEO John Browne may be out in front of the push for fracking in Britain, but moves are afoot elsewhere globally -- in Europe and China, Argentina and Mexico -- to start extracting gas from shale, Bloomberg reports.

House Dems press EPA to reopen fracking water contamination cases

The Hill

Eight House Democrats urged the Environmental Protection Agency to relaunch investigations into water contamination in Wyoming, Pennsylvania and Texas that may have been caused by natural gas drilling methods, including hydraulic fracturing, The Hill reports.

Frigid Wisconsin winter causing sand shortage for fracking in Texas, Colo., Pa.

The Wall Street Journal

Oil and gas drillers in Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania are faced with a shortage of sand they need for their fracking operations, caused by the frigid winter in Wisconsin, the source of it, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Chevron, Polish firm jointly explore for shale gas

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's gas giant PGNiG and Chevron on Monday agreed to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland in a move to speed up the exploration amid tension with major gas supplier, Russia.

Dependent on Russian imports, Poland wants to diversify its energy sources and is placing hopes in its reportedly sizeable shale gas deposits. Warsaw is also urging the European Union to develop a joint energy system and decrease reliance on Russia.

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Gas boom in sights as Obama launches methane strategy

President Barack Obama on Friday launched his planned blueprint to curb emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which left open the option for regulating releases by the oil and gas industry for the first time.

Under the new plan, the Environmental Protection Agency will decide by this fall whether to imposing rules to limit the release of methane by the industry throughout the production chain, with any new rules to be completed by 2016.

Judge eases ruling on Pa. anti-fracking activist

A northeastern Pennsylvania judge has loosened restrictions on an anti-fracking activist who had been barred from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by a natural gas driller.

Vera Scroggins, 63, who is known for leading bus tours of the Marcellus Shale gas field and posting videos of drilling operations online, had argued the order prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants and other places that leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.

The company has said it only wanted to keep her from its active work sites.

Regulators from fracking states meet to discuss earthquakes


Officials from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Ohio met this month to discuss the science of earthquakes and plot coordinated ways to deal with the risks and the disposal of fracking wastewater, Bloomberg reports.

Pushed by Ukraine crisis, Europe urged to look again at shale gas

The Wall Street Journal

Pressured by the Ukraine crisis and the threat it poses to the supply of Russian gas, Europe is being urged to diversify its energy sources, and look again at the potential to extract shale gas, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Pa. fracking activist wants back on driller's land

A high-profile anti-fracking activist who often gives tours of natural gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region asked a judge Monday for relief from an order barring her from stepping foot on more than 300 square miles of land owned or leased by one of the state's leading natural gas drillers.

Vera Scroggins said the injunction, in place since October, has effectively prevented her from traveling to her favorite grocery store, eye doctor, hospital, restaurants, businesses and friends' homes because all of them have leased land to Cabot Oil & Gas Corp.


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