Although sand and water are the primary substances used in fracking, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis of data from FracFocus.org found that nearly 700 chemical additives appear as well, according to The Hill.
Calling it “frustrating,” “terrible” and “distressing,” Democrats and Republicans on Thursday ripped into the Interior Department's new rule on hydraulic fracturing as they heard testimony from the director of the Bureau of Land Management.
At a hearing of a House Natural Resources subcommittee, there was bipartisan dissatisfaction as lawmakers told BLM Director Neil Kornze that the rule was misguided – with Republicans calling the rule a unnecessary burden to industry and Democrats decrying it as too weak on environmental protection.
The Interior Department's final rule regulating the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on federal and tribal lands met swift legal and legislative pushback from industry groups and congressional Republicans Friday. They said it would hinder energy development and infringe on established state regulatory systems.
But on the other side, Democrats and environmental groups raised concerns that the move didn't go far enough to protect public lands from the oil and gas extraction process.
The Interior Department on Friday unveiled a final rule governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on federal and American Indian lands.
The rule, issued by the Bureau of Land Management, will require companies using the process to strengthen wells with concrete barriers to prevent water zones; disclose the chemicals used to the online FracFocus database; and secure recovered waste fluid with stronger interim storage tanks.
Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have virtually given up on shale drilling outside of the U.S. after spending more than five years and billions of dollars in the effort, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some residents expect drilling could begin in North Carolina as early as this year now that the state has ended its long-standing moratorium on fracking, although plans for exploration efforts thus far have failed to raise enough funding, Tribune News Service reports.
CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania.
Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don't expect it to happen, members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the specter of secession will result in something — anything — good for a struggling part of the state peering enviously over the state line.
The cleanup costs to states for abandoned wells – a burden they’re not well equipped to take on – could skyrocket as lower oil prices take some of the steam out of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Mississippi electric power cooperatives are backing away from a deal in which they would take 15 percent ownership of the Kemper County coal plant that will use carbon capture technology, because they said the power it generates would end up being too expensive, E&E reports.
A website set up by Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., to collect grievances about federal regulation and bureaucracy has received complaints about a wide variety of the Environmental Protection Agency’s pending regulations, E&E reports.
As many as 1,800 employees of Murray Energy could be notified today that they’ll be losing their jobs, according to CEO Robert Murray, who said “the tide is just too high” for his company in the face of low prices and demand for coal, the Tribune-Review reports.
Legislation introduced by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., sets “accountability measures” targeting the Environmental Protection Agency, to help industry that Capito says say is burdened by “onerous regulations and deeply flawed permitting process” when it comes to air pollution rules, The Hill reports.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., has introduced a measure extending the ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, opposing legislation introduced by Republicans last week that would open the area to drilling as early as 2016, The Hill reports.
Oil prices were trading slightly lower early Friday following big gains the day before, ahead of the closely watched figures from Baker Hughes about the number of rigs drilling in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for July delivery was down 18 cents to $60.54 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London, Brent lost 15 cents to $66.39, The Wall Street Journal reports.