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.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — State-run Argentine oil company YPF SA said Thursday it has reached a deal with Malaysia's Petronas to develop what is believed to be massive deposits of shale oil and gas in the vast Vaca Muerta formation in Patagonia.
YPF said the Malaysian state-owned oil company will provide $475 million of an initial investment totaling $550 million for a pilot phase scheduled to start early next year.
Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man who uses a biblical reference and a statement against "poisoned waters" on billboards opposing wells for disposal of gas-drilling wastewater is fighting a legal threat from the Texas well owner on free-speech grounds.
Austin, Texas-based Buckeye Brine alleges in a July lawsuit that the billboards paid for by Michael Boals, of Coshocton in eastern Ohio, contain false and defamatory attacks against its two wells, which dispose of contaminated wastewater from oil and gas drilling.
The complaint by the company and Rodney Adams, who owns the land and operates the well site, contends the wells are safe, legal and meet all state safety standards. The parties object to statements on two billboards along U.S. Route 36, including one that "DEATH may come."
Peabody Energy Corp., the largest U.S. coal producer, reported lower sales and revenue in the fourth quarter, cut its dividend and announced a projection for a first quarter loss that was wider than expected, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Having received criticism in the past for failing to stay on top of severe weather response efforts, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has generated a personal blizzard of tweets about Tuesday's winter storm, National Journal reports.
Oil jumped Tuesday on a weaker dollar despite reports of a continuing build in stockpiles. U.S. benchmark crude gained $1.08 to finish Nymex trading at $46.23 a barrel, while in London Brent soared 3 percent, or $1.44, to $49.60, Reuters reports.
The CEOs of four refiners -– members of the Consumers and Refiners United for Domestic Energy -– have sent a letter to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and new chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, asking that their views on lifting the crude export ban be heard by the panel, FuelFix reports.
Florida Power & Light’s plans to put in solar systems in three different locations, nearly doubling the state’s solar capacity by adding 225 megawatts of generation, shouldn’t result in higher costs for consumers, the company said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy will discuss the Obama administration’s climate action plan with senior officials at the Vatican when she makes a stop there Friday, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
Calling it a new Magna Carta for the Earth, Prince Charles said it’s imperative that a new global climate deal be reached this year, adding that it’s a “last chance” to save the world from an “irreversible situation,” The Guardian reports.
A well site supervisor from Houston -– Race Addington -– will face charges he lied to federal inspectors about tests on a blowout preventer on an offshore platform in November 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Orleans, The Associated Press reports.