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.
The continuing protests against shale gas drilling in Algeria reflect population concerns about the use of water for fracking in a desert, as well as lingering anti-colonial resentment focused on French oil company Total, The New York Times reports.
More fracking sand is going into natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, and operators are having to dispose of more sand at the end of the process. The increase is part of a technique that improves well production, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A week after New York environmental chief Joe Martens said he doesn’t see revisiting the fracking issue anytime soon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared he would “never” lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, The Journal News reports.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Researchers at Miami University in Ohio – in a study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America – have linked earthquakes felt in Poland Township last year to hydraulic fracturing at wells operated by Hilcorp Energy, FuelFix reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.
"I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years."
A watchdog group's analysis shows that, out of the nearly 900 resolutions shareholders have brought to companies' annual meetings this year, nearly half are concerned with environmental and social issues, and 40 percent of those relate to climate change, energy and sustainability, E&E reports.
The Hill quotes a top lobbyist from America’s Natural Gas Alliance as saying that imposing a new tax on the natural gas industry, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., would threaten the state's energy boom and “doesn’t make any sense.”
Oil prices dropped as the dollar continued to gain on currency markets Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude fell 52 cents to settle at $57.51 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slid 2.6 percent, or $1.66, to $62.06, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.
Officials are investigating the cause of the discharge of oily water into the Piscataqua River from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which didn’t appear to have harmed wildlife or causeed any pollution onshore, the Bangor Daily News reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to reject a state’s air pollution plan, according to an appeals court ruling in a case brought by Kansas challenging authorities under the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, The Hill reports.