Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Improving technology keeps US shale boom going

The Wall Street Journal

Better technology which has vastly improved well productivity means there’s a possibility the U.S. shale boom could continue into 2040 and beyond, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Researchers say their biochar can clean frack water


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.

Study finds health problems in people living close to gas wells

USA Today

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.

Fracking mogul reportedly wins bidding war for NFL’s Bills

National Journal

Terry Pegula, who made his fortune in fracking, will reportedly be the new owner of the Buffalo Bills at a price tag of near $1 billion, National Journal reports.

Economic revival in Ohio, Rust Belt, on back of energy boom

The New York Times

Fueled by the energy boom, new industry is springing up in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest that were depressed economically but now play host to a wave of shale drilling, The New York Times reports.

Anti-fracking billboards in Ohio coming down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.

Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards' owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text.

Well-owner Buckeye Brine, of Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit in July over the ads, contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks.

Limited water could hold back fracking


An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.


Argentina, Malaysia in deal to develop oil field

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.

YPF said the Malaysian state-owned oil company will provide $475 million of an initial investment totaling $550 million for a pilot phase scheduled to start early next year.

China’s troubles with shale gas

The New York Times

China’s attempts to tap into shale gas have been lagging behind rocketing demand, The New York Times reports.

Opponents dominate 1st NC public hearing on fracking


Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.


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