HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A last-minute tussle over eel fishing in Connecticut interfered briefly with legislation that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives halting the storage and disposal of waste from gas exploration.
Lawmakers imposed a minimum three-year moratorium on importing waste from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The legislation requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations declaring waste and byproducts to be treated as hazardous waste.
The measure, which passed 128-19, also requires the industry to disclose the contents of waste and protect the environment from radioactive materials. It has passed the Senate and now heads to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city that sits on top of the Barnett Shale, believed to hold one of the largest natural gas reserves in the U.S., could become the first area in the state to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing.
A recently adopted temporary ban is in place until September, but fracking opponents want to make that permanent through an ordinance that would prohibit the practice in Denton.
Operators would be allowed to continue extracting energy from the 275 wells in Denton that have already undergone fracking, but not reinitiate the process on old wells.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The state Senate on Monday endorsed a bipartisan compromise on how to handle the possibility of waste coming to Connecticut from hydraulic fracturing operations in other states.
The legislation creates a moratorium on the waste being stored or disposed in the state until the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection adopts regulations on the matter. Under the bill, DEEP would have until July 1, 2017, to submit its proposed regulations to the General Assembly's Regulations Review Committee.
New rules governing hydraulic fracturing in Michigan will require drillers to perform baseline water testing as well as disclosing the chemicals they use in their process, the Detroit Free Press reports.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy said Friday that it welcomes the decision by oil and gas industry supplier Baker Hughes to disclose all chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid. But Halliburton, a major competitor in the field, isn't committing to such disclosure.
Deputy Assistant Energy Secretary Paula Gant said that Baker Hughes' move "is an important step in building public confidence" and the department "hopes others will follow their lead."
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a shift for a major firm; it's unclear if others will follow suit.
The oil and gas industry has said the fracking chemicals are disclosed at tens of thousands of wells, but environmental and health groups and government regulators say a loophole that allows companies to hide chemical "trade secrets" has been a major problem.
A statement on the Baker Hughes website said the company believes it's possible to disclose 100 percent "of the chemical ingredients we use in hydraulic fracturing fluids without compromising our formulations," to increase public trust.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A major supplier to the oil and gas industry says it will begin disclosing 100 percent of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluid, with no exemptions for trade secrets. The move by Baker Hughes of Houston is a major shift; it's unclear if other firms will follow suit.
Environmental and health groups have criticized the industry for not disclosing all of the chemicals used in drilling.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A citizens' group isn't taking the word of state regulators that new permitting guidelines will protect public health after earthquakes in northeast Ohio were linked to the gas drilling method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
Youngstown-based Frackfree Mahoning Valley says the science behind the finding is suspect and new permit conditions won't prevent future quakes.
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that the deadline for compliance with the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard – which mandated the blending of 16.55 billion gallons of biofuels into U.S. transportation fuels – will now be 30 days after the long-delayed publication of the final rule on the 2014 standard, Platts reports.
In Pittsburgh, street action appeared to outweigh the testimony inside the Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule limiting carbon emissions from existing power plants, as thousands of coal miners rallied against the measure, faced off by a smaller number of climate activists, E&E reports.
The Department of Energy has granted Oregon LNG a 20-year conditional permit to export natural gas to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with the U.S., now it’s up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve plans for construction of facilities, FuelFix reports.
A project in Freeport, Texas to export liquefied natural gas – which already has a permit from the Department of Energy – has now won approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start construction, The Hill reports.
Word that a refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas might be shut for up to four weeks following a fire Tuesday has sent crude prices plummeting. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate dropped $2.10 to settle at $98.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday, while in London Brent crude fell 49 cents to $106.02, Reuters reports.
Tax incentives for drilling and capital expenditures mean drillers active in the shale boom are deferring paying billions in income taxes, according to the group Taxpayers for Common Sense, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Hundreds rallied in Boston Wednesday to express their opposition to a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline proposed to run through northwest Massachusetts, urging Gov. Deval Patrick to pull his support from it, The Associated Press reports.
Increasing taxes on certain forms of energy -– gasoline, in particular -– would encourage people to use cleaner fuel more efficiently, offering health benefits and a leg up in the fight against climate change, according to the International Monetary Fund and its president Christine Lagarde, National Journal reports.
Apache Corp., whose second quarter profit of $505 million was half the amount it earned a year earlier, said Thursday it might look to sell off its international assets to concentrate on drilling in U.S. shale, and that it was already trying to find a buyer for its stake in a Canadian natural gas project, and alternative financing for one in Australia, The Wall Street Journal reports.