Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Colorado oil industry group sues towns over fracking bans

The Associated Press

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the Colorado towns of Fort Collins and Lafayette that recently voted to place bans on hydraulic fracturing within city limits, The Associated Press reports

Chevron resumes search for shale gas in Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — U.S. oil giant Chevron has resumed its search for shale gas in northeastern Romania amid ongoing opposition from local residents.

In October, Chevron suspended searching for shale gas in the village of Pungesti following protests in the capital and the local area against fracking.

The company said Monday its priority was to "conduct these activities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner." It gained permits to drill exploratory wells in Pungesti in October but halted activity after protests. On Monday, hundreds of police blocked a road to stop residents demonstrating.

France lawmakers call for limited fracking to estimate reserves


A group of French lawmakers called for the nation to allow hydraulic fracturing at research wells to gauge its shale oil and gas reserves, Bloomberg reports.

EPA photo

NPS Director Jarvis withdraws fracking comments

The head of the National Park Service has withdrawn technical comments on the Interior Department's proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing, saying the comments contained multiple flaws. 

In a letter released late Tuesday by a House subcommittee chairman, NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the comments on the Bureau of Land Management proposal were filed without his review and inappropriately included a reference to an opinion column in The New York Times. He said he has asked that they be pulled from the comments on the rule under consideration by BLM.

Despite fracking boom, wastewater recycling investments slow to perform


Despite a surge in the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas from shale, investors in fracking wastewater recycling firms have yet to see consistent returns, Bloomberg reports.

Wyoming court hears arguments on fracking chemical disclosure

The Associated Press

Wyoming's Supreme Court heard arguments from environmental and landowner groups challenging a state policy allowing the gas industry to protect hydraulic fracturing chemical formulas as trade secrets while state officials and Halliburton defended the measure, The Associated Press reports.

Interior Department photo

Drillers have their day, but Jewell gets last word on fracking

House Republicans and a few Democratic colleagues locked arms Wednesday to tell President Barack Obama that states should be in charge of hydraulic fracturing on federal oil and gas leases.

Indeed, House passage of a bill by Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, to curtail the Interior Department's fracturing regulation proposal may make good politics, especially in the West. But it isn't going anywhere in the Senate, and that means states, stakeholders and industry will have to wait for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to make her next move.

Colorado proposes plan to curtail methane emissions at drilling sites

The Denver Post

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced proposed regulations that would require oil and gas companies to capture methane emissions at drilling operations, The Denver Post reports.

Broomfield, Colo. fracking ban faces recount

Boulder County Business Report

Broomfield, Colo. officials said the voter-approved hydraulic fracturing moratorium within city limits will be subject to a recount after it passed by a margin of 17 votes, Boulder County Business Report reports.

Former Brown advisers push for Calif. fracking moratorium

National Journal

A group of former advisers to California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to send the governor a letter calling for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state until further scientific studies are completed, National Journal reports.


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