Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

California's Brown hears fracking gripes

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.

Fracking critics flock to hearing on NY energy plan

Democrat & Chronicle

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.

Fracking opponents in Calif. tout drought in arguments


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.

Ceres report says fracking competing for water in dry regions

San Antonio Express

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.

Salazar: Fracking safe, but industry needs better message


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.

Salazar to urge energy companies to improve case for fracking


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.

Penalty upheld in congressman's drilling dispute

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has upheld a $26,000 fine against a company embroiled in a dispute with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis after the congressman complained about drilling activities on property near his weekend retreat.

Polis says Sundance Energy had an illegal well that was too close to his property in Weld County. Inspectors found one well violated state laws requiring buffer zones.

Interior Department photo

Jewell meets with coalition backing Colorado methane plan

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell met Tuesday with the coalition of drillers and an environmental group that helped craft the plan by Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to cut methane emissions from natural gas production and transmission.

The meeting comes as the department and the Bureau of Land Management continue to deliberate over proposed hydraulic fracturing rules for wells drilled on federal lands that would set well integrity, fluids handling and disclosure standards, but would not regulate methane releases.

NY fracking opponents to demonstrate around Cuomo's State of the State speech

Associated Press

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing are expected to hold a noisy demonstration around New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech Wednesday, urging him to ban the practice, The Associated Press reports.

EPA probe demands more water testing in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was justified in immediately barring residents in North Texas from using water contaminated with explosive methane and cancer-causing benzene, but additional testing and work needs to be done to assess whether a risk still exists, an internal investigation found.


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