Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

SEC charges Chimera Energy, 4 individuals, with fraud


Andrew I. Farmer allegedly took control of Chimera Energy in secret and went about hawking $4.58 million in shares in 2012 by lying that the company was using waterless fracking technology, according to charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, FuelFix reports.

New rules for disposal wells proposed in Texas


The Texas Railroad Commission, the regulator in charge of the state’s oil industry, has proposed new rules governing the siting of disposal wells. The regulations were crafted by seismologist Craig Pearson, who was hired in April to address mounting concerns over earthquakes, FuelFix reports.

Drillers fail to get permits for fracking with diesel


The Environmental Integrity Project found since 2010, 351 wells were fracked with diesel or its equivalent and the drillers failed to get required permits for doing so, Bloomberg reports.

Fracking taking place through potential drinking water, say researchers

Los Angeles Times

Stanford University researchers, presenting their work at the American Chemical Society conference in San Francisco Tuesday, said they found that fracking at the Pavillion gas field in Wyoming was taking place through sources of drinking water, although they did not report on any contamination, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pittsburgh airport has high hopes for fracking

The New York Times

Debt-ridden Pittsburgh International Airport hopes that revenue from tapping into the Marcellus Shale gas deposits it sits on will give the facility a new lease on life, The New York Times reports.

Gov. John Hickenlooper/Energy Guardian Photo

Hickenlooper, Polis push Colorado fracking battle to next year

A deal announced Monday by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Rep. Jared Polis to study local oil and gas siting conflicts appears to have averted an intra-party fight over controversial ballot initiatives that would have let communities ban hydraulic fracturing.  

They agreed on the creation of an 18-member task force to make recommendations next year to the governor and state legislature on the regulation of the drilling practice, known as fracking, near homes, businesses and schools.

In return, Polis agreed to drop his support for the two initiatives that would amend the state constitution to set a 2,000-foot minimum setback for wells near occupied buildings, four times the current minimum, and allowed communities to set stricter drilling regulations than the state, including bans.


Britain reopens way for fracking

LONDON (AP) — The British government has reopened the way for energy firms to explore for shale gas, three years after seismic tremors led to the suspension of fracking.

Business and Energy Minister Matthew Hancock says shale gas has the potential to improve energy security but stresses national parks will be protected.

Expectations low despite NC efforts to woo natural gas drillers


Despite the concerted efforts of North Carolina lawmakers to create a legal framework to get fracking going, low estimates of the state’s gas reserves mean expectations are “not that high” for attracting the interest of drillers, Mining and Energy Commission Chairman James Womack told E&E.

Pennsylvania DEP can’t handle fracking boom, says state auditor


On the downside of Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, an understaffed, unprepared Department of Environmental Protection has failed to follow up on reports of contamination, hasn’t forced drillers to deal with tainted water, and has used an inspection policy that’s a quarter of a century old, according to a report from the state’s Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Bloomberg reports.

EPA Inspector General ignores GOP request to stop fracking investigation

The Environmental Protection Agency's Inspector General has issued a strong defense of his investigation of hydraulic fracturing, ignoring a Republican request that he stop the probe and rejecting charges that the study is inappropriate and a waste of money.

"This review ls consistent with the OIG's responsibilities to oversee the programs of the EPA," wrote EPA IG Arthur Elkins, Jr., in response to a letter from a group of Republican senators.  "The OIG does not consider its evaluation as a duplication of prior or ongoing work."


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