ST. LOUIS (AP) — Voters in a struggling southern Illinois county have rejected a ballot referendum meant to pressure the county's governing board to restrict a debated oil drilling practice, leaving open the question of whether the measure failed because of confusion or the prevailing need for jobs.
With nearly half of the county's registered voters casting ballots during spring primaries traditionally marked by low turnout, the measure involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, failed Tuesday by a 600-vote margin, Johnson County Clerk Robin Harper-Whitehead said.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a ban on treating or storing waste products created by hydraulic fracturing operations in the natural gas exploration industry.
A state Senate committee advanced a bill on Monday that would prohibit the treatment, discharge, disposal, or storage of any wastewater, solids, sludge, or other byproducts resulting from a gas recovery technique commonly known as fracking.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a year when California Democrats are worried about motivating their voters, Gov. Jerry Brown heard another unwelcome message Saturday: Some Democratic activists are bristling over his administration's policies on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Appearing at a state Democratic Party convention in Los Angeles, Brown found himself forced to speak over a noisy group of sign-waving protesters in his first major campaign speech since formally declaring his candidacy last month.
"Just listen a moment," Brown pleaded at one point, as the protesters bellowed "No fracking" and waved "Another Democrat Against Fracking" signs just steps from the podium where he was speaking.
The first public hearing on New York state's draft energy plan, which calls for improving efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, drew fracking critics more concerned about provisions urging expanded access to natural gas, Gannett's Democrat & Chronicle reports.
Opponents of hydraulic fracturing in California are using the state's ongoing drought in their case against allowing the practice, saying it would have deprived homes and farms of necessary water supplies were it permitted, Reuters reports.
Nonprofit Ceres said in a report that hydraulic fracturing wells are being drilled in some extreme-water-stress areas, consuming water supplies in some of the nation's driest regions, the San Antonio Express reports.
During remarks at the North American Project Expo in Houston, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said hydraulic fracturing is a safe process but urged industry to make a better case for its safety to the public, FuelFix reports.
Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will speak at the North American Prospect Expo in Houston today and is slated to urge energy companies to make a better case to the public about the safety and benefits of hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
The Obama administration's decision to extend agency comment on its final Keystone XL review has inspired backers in Congress, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to mount a new effort to bypass President Obama to approve the pipeline, Bloomberg reports.
Hess Corp. said it would sell $1 billion in its exploration assets in Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production as Hess plans to refocus its efforts on North American projects, Dow Jones Business News reports.
An all-week rally against the Keystone XL pipeline, organized by the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and green groups, drew nearly 200 protesters to the National Mall in Washington on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Southwestern state officials' plans to manage scarce water resources during an ongoing drought may face legal action from an environmental group that says water siphoning has further threatened the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Tom Steyer, a climate activist spending millions of dollars in the 2014 elections, said his activity differs from that of the conservative Koch brothers because he's pushing the issue of climate change rather than policies he would benefit from, Politico reports.
Canada's Department of the Environment recommended removing humpback whales from its list of "threatened" species months before the government will rule on a pipeline permit that would boost oil shipments through the whales' habitat, Reuters reports.