Hydraulic Fracturing/Fracking

Critics dissatisfied with Exxon fracking report

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil issued a report Tuesday that acknowledges the environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing but also defends the practice as being better for the environment than other types of energy production and generation.

Under pressure from the corporate responsibility group As You Sow, as well as New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and other shareholders, Exxon agreed earlier this year to reveal more about how it manages the risks involved with the drilling technique, known as fracking.

The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks, including the possibility of water contamination and leaks of natural gas into the atmosphere that contribute to climate change.

Exxon fracking report responds to shareholders

NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil is explaining how it is working to manage the risks of hydraulic fracturing in a report issued in response to pressure from a corporate responsibility group, the New York City Comptroller, and other shareholders.

The report acknowledges that drilling wells and producing oil and gas from shale formations and other so-called unconventional sources do carry risks. The report also goes into detail about the benefits of unconventional oil and gas production and how it compares favorably to many other types of energy production and generation.

Gas drillers draw less water, but concerns linger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania is recycling more and more water and one river basin commission now reports drillers there are drawing less freshwater than in the past.

Water use by the natural gas industry in the Susquehanna River Basin peaked at about 3.8 billion gallons in 2011 and that figure declined to about 3.1 billion gallons in 2013, Andrew J. Gavin, deputy executive director of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, told The Associated Press.

Report details risks of fracking sand mining

Los Angeles Times

Mining sand to meet the growing demands of fracking -- a practice currently common in parts of Wisconsin but with the potential to spread from Maine to Iowa -- poses risks to water, air, public health and property values in communities, according to a report put together by the Civil Society Institute, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Pro-fracking ads unveiled at start of Marcellus conference

The Inquirer

Ads seeking to reclaim a positive spin on the word fracking are running in Pennsylvania, unveiled at the annual conference of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, The Inquirer reports.

WBM Management Inc.

Energy industry suppliers: Fracking equals jobs

Energy sector suppliers have a message for lawmakers: Stay out of the way of hydraulic fracturing, and we'll create hundreds of thousands of new jobs and generate billions of dollars in new tax revenues.

That was the bottom line of a new study by consulting firm IHS, commissioned by the Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance, which estimates employment at companies that supply goods and services for the shale oil and gas boom could grow 45 percent to 757,000 jobs by 2025.

Fracking not ruled out in Pavillion water contamination case: Expert

Casper Star-Tribune

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.

Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution

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.

Study ties quakes to fracking

The Wall Street Journal

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.

Improving technology keeps US shale boom going

The Wall Street Journal

Better technology which has vastly improved well productivity means there’s a possibility the U.S. shale boom could continue into 2040 and beyond, The Wall Street Journal reports.


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