Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Denton fracking ban takes effect

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The fracking ban -– the first in Texas -- that was approved by Denton voters on election day formally took effect Tuesday, but since the town had already imposed a moratorium on issuing new well permits there didn’t appear to be any immediate impact, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Texas towns test oil and gas supremacy on fracking

RENO, Texas (AP) — A Texas hamlet shaken by its first recorded earthquake last year and hundreds since then is among communities now taking steps to challenge the oil and gas industry's traditional supremacy over the right to frack.

Reno Mayor Lyndamyrth Stokes said spooked residents started calling last November: "I heard a boom, then crack! The whole house shook. What was that?" one caller asked. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed that Reno, a community about 50 miles west of Dallas, had its first earthquake.

Md. fracking rules coming before he leaves: O’Malley

The Washington Post

Departing Gov. Martin O’Malley, D-Md., says he’ll draw up rules to govern fracking in the western part of the state which will limit pollution risks, even though his pro-drilling Republican successor would have the power to loosen restrictions once he takes office in January, The Washington Post reports.

Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest

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.

Fracking accident kills 1, injures 2 in Colorado

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 launches 'war room' to track sand for fracking

The Wall Street Journal

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.

Study: Some additives in fracking fluid also in ice cream, toothpaste

The Washington Post

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.

Residents file suit against Illinois agency for fracking rules

The Associated Press

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.

Texas energy group asks court to halt fracking ban

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.

Fracking ‘totally divisive issue,’ says NY’s Cuomo

The Associated Press

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.


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