The United Kingdom's health agency said in a report that emissions from hydraulic fracturing present low risks to public health if the drilling practice is safely done and properly regulated, Reuters reports.
Does last month's signing of California's S.B. 4 constitute state regulation of fracking? Yes, says the Western States Petroleum Association, which is asking California's Superior Court to dismiss a suit filed by environmentalists alleging the state hasn't properly policed the drilling process, E&E reports.
The New York Court of Appeals is considering the town of Dryden's ban of hydraulic fracturing, and its decision could settle whether or not state municipalities have the authority to ban the practice, The New York Times reports.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is drafting new regulations on hydraulic fracturing that officials say will protect water supplies and increase public information about the drilling practice, The Associated Press reports.
The government shutdown this month interrupted work by the Interior Department on proposed hydraulic fracturing regulations for oil and gas wells on public lands, adding more uncertainty to the timing of the rule.
The review of comments submitted on the rule stopped during the partial closure of the government from Oct. 1-16, a Bureau of Land Management spokesman said. Officials would not speculate on the impact the delay will have on the final rule.
"Gasland" director Josh Fox called President Obama's stance on hydraulic fracturing "extremely disappointing" and expressed concern that the drilling practice would become part of Obama's legacy, Politico reports.
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California's most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.
The problems in Ukraine are unlikely to trigger faster action by the Obama administration on natural gas exports, a White House spokesman appeared to indicate Friday, as he noted that supplies in Europe are at higher-than-normal levels because of the mild winter there, according to Reuters.
Public Service Enterprise Group plans to spend $12 billion over five years on capital projects to improve reliability, hoping to increase the earnings of its utility business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Weather-related rail bottlenecks in Chicago are causing higher prices and lower supplies of ethanol on the East coast, while Midwest plants are cutting production because of a shortage of rail cars, an industry representative told a U.S. Surface Transportation Board panel, Platts reports.
Investors will challenge corporations during the upcoming proxy season to make more environmental commitments, according to nonprofit Ceres, which has compiled a list of resolutions up for votes, E&E reports.
Saying President Obama's proposed "climate resilience fund" will help communities prepare better for severe weather might win it bipartisan support, according to Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, National Journal reports.