Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Fracking not ruled out in Pavillion water contamination case: Expert

Casper Star-Tribune

Two studies released this week found that fracking was not responsible for contaminating water in Pennsylvania and Texas, but the jury is still out on a case near Pavillion, Wyo., experts told the Casper Star-Tribune.

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.

Study ties quakes to fracking

The Wall Street Journal

A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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.


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