Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Water worries, colonial resentment feed Algerian fracking protests

The New York Times

The continuing protests against shale gas drilling in Algeria reflect population concerns about the use of water for fracking in a desert, as well as lingering anti-colonial resentment focused on French oil company Total, The New York Times reports.

Pennsylvania drillers using more fracking sand

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

More fracking sand is going into natural gas wells drilled in the Marcellus Shale, and operators are having to dispose of more sand at the end of the process. The increase is part of a technique that improves well production, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

NY officials standing firm on fracking ban

The Journal News

A week after New York environmental chief Joe Martens said he doesn’t see revisiting the fracking issue anytime soon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared he would “never” lift the state’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, The Journal News reports.

Chevron cuts Poland shale plans in blow to European fracking efforts

The New York Times

Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.

Algeria backtracks on shale gas plans after protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's prime minister says that plans to drill the country's abundant shale gas reserves have been scrapped.

Wednesday's statement comes in the wake of a string of protests in the southern desert cities over environmental concerns near where drilling had already begun.

Wolf inauguration attracts fracking protests in Pa.


Eight protesters against fracking were arrested at the inauguration of Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., Tuesday, NPR reports.

Radiation exposure not big risk from shale drilling: Pa. DEP

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling does not pose a major risk of radiation exposure even though there is some naturally occurring in shale rock, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection determined in a study, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Ohio quakes linked to fracking, study finds


Researchers at Miami University in Ohio – in a study published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America – have linked earthquakes felt in Poland Township last year to hydraulic fracturing at wells operated by Hilcorp Energy, FuelFix reports.

NY farmers lament lost opportunity for gas riches

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — While environmental groups are doing a victory dance over New York's decision to ban fracking, farmers such as apple grower David Johnson are grieving for dashed hopes and dreams.

"I'm devastated," Johnson said after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's health and environmental commissioners announced Wednesday that they were recommending a fracking ban. "I have concerns about how to continue this farm that's been in the family for 150 years."

New York move to ban fracking heartens critics

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York plans to prohibit hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique and delighting opponents who previously managed to win only local bans.

New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich rock formation that has also led to a drilling boom in nearby states, has banned shale gas development since the state began its environmental review in 2008. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone.


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