DENTON, Texas (AP) — Natural gas money has been good to this Texas city: It has new parks, a new golf course and miles of grassy soccer fields. The business district is getting a makeover, and the airport is bustling, too.
For more than a decade, Denton has drawn its lifeblood from the huge gas reserves that lie beneath its streets. The gas fields have produced a billion dollars in mineral wealth and pumped more than $30 million into city bank accounts.
But this former farming center north of Dallas is considering a revolt. Unlike other communities that have embraced the lucrative drilling boom made possible by hydraulic fracturing, leaders here have temporarily halted all fracking as they consider an ordinance that could make theirs the first city in the state to permanently ban the practice.
As political strategists suggest efforts in Colorado to slow or block hydraulic fracturing could hurt vulnerable Democrats, Gov. John Hickenlooper and other Democratic leaders are pushing for a compromise to keep the issue off state ballots, The New York Times reports.
Eager to explore alternatives to imported gas, Angela Merkel’s government in Germany is working on a regulatory framework that would allow a resumption of fracking in the country, which has been banned for years, The New York Times reports.
With Governor Pat McCrory having signed legislation putting in place the framework to start fracking in North Carolina, the state itself intends to sponsor drilling in the east in the autumn, The Charlotte Observer reports.
North Carolina’s moratorium on fracking will likely end within a year now that the state’s lawmakers have passed a bill that will allow permits to be issued, a measure almost certain to be signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, The Associated Press reports.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers supporting hydraulic fracturing Wednesday abandoned proposed legislation to speed use of the practice in Illinois, and said they would instead urge a state agency to move more quickly writing rules to regulate it.
The Legislature last May authorized the process commonly known as fracking, which uses a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas. But the Department of Natural Resources has spent months holding hearings and gathering more than 30,000 comments on the best way to regulate the drilling method. The agency has until November to publish rules for fracking.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The effort to get the exploration of natural gas in North Carolina using a process called fracking started next year is moving ahead at the legislature.
The Senate scheduled debate Wednesday on how rules being developed by a commission to regulate hydraulic fracturing will be handled by the General Assembly once they're finalized by year's end. The bill says the first permits could be issued starting in July 2015.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill that would make it a crime to publicly disclose the secret chemical cocktails energy companies pump into the ground when fracking for natural gas is headed for a vote before the North Carolina Senate.
A pair of legislative committees on Tuesday quickly approved the bill, which could go to the full Senate floor as soon as Wednesday. The new legislation would allow drilling to begin in the state next year.
Agreements the White House has secured with major companies -- ranging from Coca-Cola to DuPont -- to limit and phase out their use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, will save the equivalent of 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2025, The New York Times reports.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported that electrical usage peaked at nearly 6,400 megawatts Tuesday, straining the region’s power grid, as a relentless heat wave continued to grip, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Libya’s move to shut its Shahara oilfield after a rocket attack on a linked refinery sent oil prices higher again Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 2 cents to $94.90 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London November Brent gained 45 cents to $99.50, Bloomberg reports.
Shell envisions years worth of exploratory Arctic drilling, with up to six wells on separate blocks in the Chukchi Sea, according to the company’s blueprint released to the public by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, FuelFix reports.
Two members of the California Energy Commission have recommended that the first phase of the Palen Solar Electric Generating System be approved despite continuing concerns of environmentalists worried about the project’s impact on the Joshua Tree National Park and the welfare of migrating birds, E&E reports.
After the Bureau of Land Management rejected his request to put a hold on leasing coal rights on federal land, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., says he will craft legislation to halt further leases until reforms to the program are initiated, The Hill reports.
Motivated by the shale gas boom, Texas A&M, which already has a campus in the Gulf state of Qatar, has gotten approval from authorities there to add a Gas and Fuels Research Center, with the goal of pressing ahead with new technologies for gas extraction, FuelFix reports.
Taking advantage of cheap natural gas prices, operations like NG Advantage LLC offer clients the option of converting to natural gas heating without pipelines, by bringing the fuel to them in big rigs in a "virtual pipeline," E&E reports.