Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

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EPA IG Elkins won't yield to Inhofe on fracking review

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog isn't backing down in the face of pressure from a prominent Republican senator to drop his review of state and federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Oct. 2 renewed his demand that EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. suspend the review. He said it duplicated a groundwater impact study already underway by EPA, which was ordered by Congress.

In a response letter to Inhofe dated Oct. 16 that was released Tuesday, Elkins said he would not stop the review.

Study links seismic activity to fracking on Ohio

The Associated Press

A new study published in Seismological Research Letters suggests that hydraulic fracturing caused nearly 400 unnoticed earthquakes in eastern Ohio, including 10 strong enough to temporarily halt drilling activity under current state law, The Associated Press reports.

Sand producers cashing in on fracking boom

The Wall Street Journal

FHMSA Holdings Inc., which has joined other fracking sand providers going public and is hoping to raise around $1 billion in an initial public offering, starts trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.

US has trouble trying to use homegrown guar for fracking

The Wall Street Journal

Problems encountered by West Texas Guar Inc., which operated a processing facility to extract a thickening agent from the legume guar, has cost investors and farmers millions of dollars, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Baker Hughes to disclose fracking chemicals

NEW YORK (AP) — The drilling services company Baker Hughes on Wednesday implemented a policy of disclosing all of the chemicals used in its fracking operations.

Environmental groups and local communities have for years been pushing for full disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique also known as fracking.

In response, the oil and gas industry set up an online database -- at FracFocus.org -- that lists many of the chemicals, but held back crucial information on certain chemicals and the amounts used on the grounds that it would provide competitors with trade secrets.

SAIS forum, "Fracking: Technology, Impacts and Regulation"

Washington, October 2, 2014, 5:00 pm

JHU SAIS forum, "Fracking: Technology, Impacts and Regulation." Breitling Energy CEO Chris Faulkner, NRDC analyst Amy Mall, Resources for the Future adviser Jan Mares to speak. 

Full fracking disclosure from Baker Hughes starting


Following six months of negotiations with its suppliers, Baker Hughes says starting Wednesday it will list all of the individual chemicals it uses for fracking on the industry website FracFocus, although it won’t provide information about the proportions used in its cocktails, FuelFix reports.

Critics dissatisfied with Exxon fracking report

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation.

Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking.

The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks, including the possibility of water contamination and leaks of natural gas into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.

Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil is explaining how it is working to manage the risks of hydraulic fracturing in a report issued in response to pressure from a corporate responsibility group, the New York City Comptroller, and other shareholders.

The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks. The report also goes into detail about the benefits of unconventional oil and gas production and how it compares favorably to many other types of energy production and generation.

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013, Andrew J. Gavin, deputy executive director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, told The Associated Press.


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