Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Interior finalizes regulations for fracking on federal lands

The Interior Department on Friday unveiled a final rule governing hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on federal and American Indian lands.

The rule, issued by the Bureau of Land Management, will require companies using the process to strengthen wells with concrete barriers to prevent water zones; disclose the chemicals used to the online FracFocus database; and secure recovered waste fluid with stronger interim storage tanks.

Major players giving up on foreign shale

The Wall Street Journal

Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have virtually given up on shale drilling outside of the U.S. after spending more than five years and billions of dollars in the effort, The Wall Street Journal reports.

North Carolina waits for drillers as fracking permitted

Tribune News Service

Some residents expect drilling could begin in North Carolina as early as this year now that the state has ended its long-standing moratorium on fracking, although plans for exploration efforts thus far have failed to raise enough funding, Tribune News Service reports.

NY towns consider seceding to Pa. over fracking ban

CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania.

Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don't expect it to happen, members of the Upstate New York Towns Association hope the specter of secession will result in something — anything — good for a struggling part of the state peering enviously over the state line.

Orphan wells could be costly shale boom legacy

The Wall Street Journal

The cleanup costs to states for abandoned wells – a burden they’re not well equipped to take on – could skyrocket as lower oil prices take some of the steam out of the shale drilling boom, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Water worries, colonial resentment feed Algerian fracking protests

The New York Times

The continuing protests against shale gas drilling in Algeria reflect population concerns about the use of water for fracking in a desert, as well as lingering anti-colonial resentment focused on French oil company Total, The New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania drillers using more fracking sand

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More fracking sand is going into natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, and operators are having to dispose of more sand at the end of the process. The increase is part of a technique that improves well production, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

NY officials standing firm on fracking ban

The Journal News

A week after New York environmental chief Joe Martens said he doesn’t see revisiting the fracking issue anytime soon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared he would “never” lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, The Journal News reports.

Chevron cuts Poland shale plans in blow to European fracking efforts

The New York Times

Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.

Algeria backtracks on shale gas plans after protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says that plans to drill the country's abundant shale gas reserves have been scrapped.

Wednesday's statement comes in the wake of a string of protests in the southern desert cities over environmental concerns near where drilling had already begun.


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