Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Halliburton forms energy joint venture in China

NEW YORK (AP) — Halliburton said Friday it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.

The Houston company, which provides drilling services to oil and gas operators, said it will create the joint venture with an affiliate of SPT Energy Group. The venture will focus on hydraulic fracturing and production enhancement services in Xinjiang, China.

Exxon accuses Pennsylvania of using case to block fracking

The Wall Street Journal

Exxon Mobil Corp. accused Pennsylvania's attorney general of using a criminal case against the company over a waste water spill as part of a larger effort to stop hydraulic fracturing in the state, The Wall Street Journal reports.

API's Finkel protests fracking initiatives on ballot

The Hill

New American Petroleum Institute Vice President Louis Finkel protested a number of anti-hydraulic fracturing measures set to appear on ballots across the nation, calling the process "irresponsible," The Hill reports.

Oklahoma quakes prompt fracking concerns


Oklahoma has experienced twice the number of earthquakes this year as California, and some communities and environmental groups are concerned that the state's surge in hydraulic fracturing may be playing a role, Bloomberg reports.

EU energy chief urges Germany to keep open mind on fracking


Saying Europe could reap one tenth of its energy needs from hydraulic fracturing in shale, European Union Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger urged Germany to keep an open mind on fracking in light of recent recommendations that raise concern on the safety of the process, Reuters reports.


Study shows how drilling wastewater causes quakes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study explains how just four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma.

Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small-to-medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published Thursday by the journal Science. Many of the quakes were much farther away from the wells than expected.

Combined, those wells daily pour more than 5 million gallons (19 million liters) of water a mile or two underground into rock formations, the study found. That buildup of fluid creates more pressure that "has to go somewhere," said study lead author Cornell University seismologist Katie Keranen.

Future legal challenge to a NY fracking ban may come from landowner


Following a court ruling backing the power of New York communities to ban fracking, lawyers are speculating that a future legal challenge could come from a landowner challenging the loss of valuable rights known as takings, E&E reports.

Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania's gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells.

The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea, who heads an environmental activist group that helped pay for the study.

New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders.

The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn't trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning.

The two "fracking" cases from two central New York towns have been closely watched by drillers hoping to tap into the state's piece of the Marcellus Shale formation and by environmentalists who fear water and air pollution.


Oklahoma looks for answers on earthquakes

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Central Oklahoma residents are demanding to know whether earthquake swarms that have shaken their homes and their nerves in recent months are caused by oil and gas drilling operations in the area.

About 500 people attended a meeting with regulators and research geologists Thursday night in Edmond. Many urged the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, to ban or severely restrict the wells that are used to dispose of wastewater from drilling and that some scientists say could be linked to the quakes.


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