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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Republicans with a college degree are more likely to say that the threat posed by climate change is exaggerated, while Democrats with higher education are more concerned about the issue, according to a Gallup poll, National Journal reports.
Possible GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told North Carolina lawmakers Thursday that President Obama’s moves to regulate power plant emissions reflect a “quasi-religious” zeal to close coal-fired plants, The Associated Press reports.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.