Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Residents file suit against Illinois agency for fracking rules

The Associated Press

A group of Illinois landowners filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Natural Resources over its hydraulic fracturing rules, alleging the agency didn't follow proper procedures in its efforts to implement the rules, The Associated Press reports.

Texas energy group asks court to halt fracking ban

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city that sits atop a natural gas reserve is preparing for an extended court battle after voters made it the first in the state to ban further hydraulic fracturing — a fight that cities nationwide considering similar laws will likely be watching closely.

An industry group and the state's little-known but powerful General Land Office responded quickly to the measure Denton approved Tuesday night, seeking an injunction in District Court to stop it from being enforced.

Fracking ‘totally divisive issue,’ says NY’s Cuomo

The Associated Press

Faced with fracking protesters outside his polling place Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., noted after casting his ballot that the issue of hydraulic fracturing is a divisive one, adding that he wants to leave the decision on whether to allow drilling in his state up to scientists, The Associated Press reports.

USEA, DOE briefing on stress state and induced seismicity

Washington, October 30, 2014, 8:30 am

United States Energy Association membership briefing with Energy Department on stress state and induced seismicity. USGS senior science adviser for earthquake and geologic hazards William Smith among speakers.

NY to see fracking study within weeks: Cuomo


During Wednesday night’s gubernatorial debate in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the study on the health impacts of fracking, which was started back in 2012, should be completed before the end of the year, WIXX reports.

Another court session for Pa. fracking opponent


Cabot Oil & Gas and Vera Scroggins return to court in Pennsylvania next week in another chapter of their long-running legal fight, with the 63-year-old anti-fracking activist potentially facing fines or time in prison, NPR’s StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.

Fracking an issue in NY gubernatorial debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger traded insults and clashed over the economy and corruption Wednesday while two third-party candidates worked to get traction in the only scheduled debate in the governor's race.

Cuomo noted that Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, has been questioned over a housing desegregation settlement in his home county and said his views are too conservative to lead New York state. He said his administration has energized the economy, cut taxes and reduced government gridlock.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who came in third in the 2010 race, voiced opposition to hydraulic fracturing and said the state needs to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee photo

EPA IG Elkins won't yield to Inhofe on fracking review

The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog isn't backing down in the face of pressure from a prominent Republican senator to drop his review of state and federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., on Oct. 2 renewed his demand that EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins Jr. suspend the review. He said it duplicated a groundwater impact study already underway by EPA, which was ordered by Congress.

In a response letter to Inhofe dated Oct. 16 that was released Tuesday, Elkins said he would not stop the review.

Study links seismic activity to fracking on Ohio

The Associated Press

A new study published in Seismological Research Letters suggests that hydraulic fracturing caused nearly 400 unnoticed earthquakes in eastern Ohio, including 10 strong enough to temporarily halt drilling activity under current state law, The Associated Press reports.

Sand producers cashing in on fracking boom

The Wall Street Journal

FHMSA Holdings Inc., which has joined other fracking sand providers going public and is hoping to raise around $1 billion in an initial public offering, starts trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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