PITTSBURGH (AP) — The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.
Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013, Andrew J. Gavin, deputy executive director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, told The Associated Press.
Mining sand to meet the growing demands of fracking -- a practice currently common in parts of Wisconsin but with the potential to spread from Maine to Iowa -- poses risks to water, air, public health and property values in communities, according to a report put together by the Civil Society Institute, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Energy sector suppliers have a message for lawmakers: Stay out of the way of hydraulic fracturing, and we'll create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and generate billions of dollars in new tax revenues.
That was the bottom line of a new study by consulting firm IHS, commissioned by the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance, which estimates employment at companies that supply goods and services for the shale oil and gas boom could grow 45 percent to 757,000 jobs by 2025.
Two studies released this week found that fracking was not responsible for contaminating water in Pennsylvania and Texas, but the jury is still out on a case near Pavillion, Wyo., experts told the Casper Star-Tribune.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.
The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.
Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.
A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.
After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.
Breathing difficulties and skin problems were more prevalent in people living closer to natural gas wells than in those further away, according to a study by Yale University researchers into hundreds of southwestern Pennsylvania residents who get their drinking water from wells, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, USA Today reports.
U.S crude prices racked up their first weekly gain since September, as news that China cut interest rates to boost its economy raised expectations of increased oil demand in the future. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery was up 66 cents to finish Friday’s Nymex session at $76.51 a barrel, while in London Brent jumped $1.03 to settle at $80.36, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell, Hess Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. are among major oil companies with new drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico, a number in deep water, although a continued decline in oil prices could slow development, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Phillips 66 Partners and Paradigm Energy Partners will join forces to construct the 76-mile Sacagawea Pipeline and a 710-acre rail terminal aimed at transporting Bakken crude from North Dakota more effectively, FuelFix reports.
Customers will see substantially higher energy prices as a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to curb carbon emissions from existing power plants, according to a study commissioned by coal company Peabody Energy and conducted by Energy Ventures Analysis, which offers a state-by-state breakdown of costs, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is expected to carry the flag for environmental issues -- fighting climate change, in particular -- as he becomes his party’s ranking member on the House Natural Resources Committee in the next Congress, E&E reports.
No matter the winners in significant battleground states in the 2014 elections, voters there support the fight against climate change, the Sierra Club said, citing statistics from a poll conducted by Hart Research Associates, The Hill reports.
Most Americans believe poorer, less developed parts of the world will bear the brunt of climate change, rather than the U.S., according to a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute and the American Academy of Religion, E&E reports.
The world spent less money -- $331 billion -- on fighting climate change in 2013, the second year in a row the figure dropped, according to a study from the Climate Policy Initiative, which attributed the fall in part to the lower cost of solar energy, Reuters reports.
Only 3.87 billion cubic meters of natural gas heading to Europe from Russia moved through pipelines in Ukraine in October, a little over half of the amount transiting in the year-ago period, Platts reports.