Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

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


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

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.

UK environmental group warns of fracking risks

The Independent

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.

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EIA: Oil price plunge took drilling services with it

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.

Texas regulators: Disposal wells didn't cause 4.0 earthquake

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.

Exxon subsidiary says it's not causing Texas quakes

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.


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