Two studies released this week found that fracking was not responsible for contaminating water in Pennsylvania and Texas, but the jury is still out on a case near Pavillion, Wyo., experts told the Casper Star-Tribune.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.
The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.
Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.
A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.
After a year of creating and testing biochar – a substance like charcoal made from wood chips, paper, leaves or plant oils – researchers at the University of Texas San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say it can be an inexpensive and effective way to remove impurities from fracking wastewater, FuelFix reports.
Breathing difficulties and skin problems were more prevalent in people living closer to natural gas wells than in those further away, according to a study by Yale University researchers into hundreds of southwestern Pennsylvania residents who get their drinking water from wells, which was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, USA Today reports.
Fueled by the energy boom, new industry is springing up in Ohio and other parts of the Midwest that were depressed economically but now play host to a wave of shale drilling, The New York Times reports.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" in billboards opposing the disposal of gas-drilling wastewater says the messages will come down Tuesday.
Michael Boals, of Coshocton east of Columbus, told The Associated Press the billboards' owners were ending his three-month verbal agreement after two months unless he agreed to change the text.
Well-owner Buckeye Brine, of Austin, Texas, filed a lawsuit in July over the ads, contending the signs contain false and defamatory attacks.
An analysis from the World Resources Institute says 38 percent of the world’s shale gas and oil reserves are located in areas with limited water supplies and concludes that may limit the global development of fracking, FuelFix reports.
Saying that stiffer safety requirements under consideration are not enough, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has written to the Energy and Transportation Secretaries, demanding that volatile gases get removed from crude before it is transported by rail, FuelFix reports.
Appropriations subcommittee chair Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., told members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Wednesday that the agency needs to ask for more money to move forward on the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository, The Hill reports.
Criticizing the management practices of Chemical Safety Board chief Rafael Moure-Eraso, Democratic and Repubican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are demanding that he resign before his term ends in June, National Journal reports.
Voters in Hermosa Beach have turned thumbs down on a plan to allow oil drilling in a municipal parking lot, which means the California community will have to pay $17.5 million to terminate a contract with E&B Natural Resources, The New York Times reports.
Oil companies from China, Norway, Austria and Dubai – as well as Houston’s Occidental Petroleum – are withdrawing staff and winding down operations in Yemen as unrest in the country escalates, The Wall Street Journal reports.
France’s troubled state-owned nuclear operator Areva has to cut costs and find a way to manage tricky projects that are hurting its bottom line, CEO Philippe Knoche said after the company reported a loss of almost $5.4 billion last year, The New York Times reports.
Did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's ties to the oil industry affect the State Department's review of the Keystone pipeline? Environmental groups are concerned that her use of private email for official business might make it harder to find out, National Journal reports.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed replacing Pennsylvania’s impact fee – a flat charge on each well drilled – with a severance tax on the value and quantity of the gas extracted, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.